Undergraduate

Law and Society

From human rights, crime and justice to Indigenous rights, freedom of expression and religion, the Law and Society major explores the impact of legal and social policy on all areas of our lives.
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Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Hours

8.30am – 5pm AWST, Monday – Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

Graduates pursue varied careers in the private, non-profit and public sectors, including law-related policy and research roles. They may work in law reform and justice agencies, the civil and criminal justice systems, government, education and academia, and law-relevant fields like management and human resources, media and communications, industrial relations, human rights, social services and legal support.
Graduates pursue varied careers in the private, non-profit and public sectors, including law-related policy and research roles. They may work in law reform and justice agencies, the civil and criminal justice systems, government, education and academia, and law-relevant fields like management and human resources, media and communications, industrial relations, human rights, social services and legal support.
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Further Study

Students with a Law and Society major may pursue further studies by undertaking Law and Society Honours, a Master of Laws, a Master of Law, Policy and Government, a Master of International Law or another postgraduate course. Alternatively, you may choose to study law as a professional qualification (to pursue a legal career) by applying for entry to the Juris Doctor.
Students with a Law and Society major may pursue further studies by undertaking Law and Society Honours, a Master of Laws, a Master of Law, Policy and Government, a Master of International Law or another postgraduate course. Alternatively, you may choose to study law as a professional qualification (to pursue a legal career) by applying for entry to the Juris Doctor.
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Law Direct Pathway

If you're interested in undertaking the Law and Society, Business Law or Criminology major, you may want to check out our Law Direct Pathway.

Our pathways combine your first degree with your second degree, giving you an assured place in your postgraduate course and providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice. 

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Average Annual Fee - 2019
$8,934.00
Typical Fee Range - 2019
$6,566.00 - $10,958.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2018
$161,600.00
Total Course Fee - 2019
$161,600.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

What impact does law have on our lives? To what extent does law either control what we do or allow us to achieve what we want? Learn to understand, apply and adapt concepts in socio-legal studies while developing skills in research analysis, teamwork and communication.

About The Course

This major examines the impact that law and social policy has on our lives, both nationally and globally. How do law and society relate to, and change, each other? How does law actually work in the real world? Is the law the same thing as justice? 
Law and Society

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-LWSOC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Law and Society
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-LWSOC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWART
  • UWBPH
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Popular combinations

Take a second major

Employers seek graduates with a breadth of knowledge from multiple complementary areas. Have you considered taking a second major to increase your skills and experience?

Law and Society pairs well with these other majors:

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

4 skills you'll develop through Law and Society

1. Interpersonal skills: develop your empathy and reasoning skills by discovering the social aspects of law and how it operates within the real world.

2. Analytical skills: synthesise information quickly and accurately by looking at data and case studies, and drawing logical conclusions.

3. Teamwork skills: learn how to resolve differences of opinion and collaborate in diverse groups.

4. Communication skills: work on your persuasion, negotiation, assertiveness and tact; share information and propose ideas; learn to write for and speak to a range of audiences.

Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2019). You will join and contribute to 90 years of excellence: we were the first law school established in WA and the fifth oldest in Australia.

Our graduates include a Prime Minister, a Governor of Western Australia, State Ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of WA, a Young Australian of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, and more.

While we have a long and proud history, we're also a closely-knit, creative and progressive Law School, fostering critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, a deep connection to our Indigenous past and present, and supportive student culture based upon wellbeing and inclusion.

Facilities & equipment

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