Undergraduate

Law and Society

From human rights, decisions about birth and death, and 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

Country callers

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 in law reform and justice agencies, work in the civil and criminal justice systems, 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 in law reform and justice agencies, work in the civil and criminal justice systems, 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 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 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 or Business Law 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

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Average Annual Fee - 2017
$7,249.00
Typical Fee Range - 2017
$6,349.00 - $9,003.00
Average Annual Fee - 2016
$6,993.00
Typical Fee Range - 2016
$6,152.00 - $8,209.00

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

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Annual Fee - 2017
$30,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2017
$90,000.00
Annual Fee - 2016
$28,500.00
Total Course Fee - 2016
$85,500.00

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 UWA bachelor’s degrees with a required Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 80.00.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

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.

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? You will explore a variety of fascinating issues while developing skills in understanding, applying and critiquing socio-legal concepts and issues. With its focus on the social dimensions of law, this major perfectly complements a wide range of studies, including politics, communications, sociology, culture, economics or anthropology.
Law and Society

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
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 2017
Locations
  • Perth
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

Offered as a major within these undergraduate degrees