Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Multi-mode
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$13294 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised


The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) provides students with a rigorous and stimulating intellectual program in which they engage with western philosophy, history, literature, politics, art and culture, and develop a deep understanding of the great works, ideas and movements within the western intellectual tradition in the core of the program. Students also take a major in one of drama, English, history, philosophy, politics and international relations, psychology, sociology, theological studies, or visual arts. The degree fosters skills that prepare students for leadership roles in the private and public sectors including government, business, social enterprise and the arts.

Offers will be made to applicants based on high ATAR results and will also be assessed against other criteria, namely “Ramsay Attributes” (i.e. potential to make a positive contribution in Australia and the world as demonstrated through resume, references and a personal statement).

ACU is offering up to 30 scholarships to students undertaking this degree, funded by the Ramsay Centre. You can read more information below under Scholarships.

The double degree Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws is a rigorous and stimulating intellectual program that provides students with the option of combining professional legal education with a liberal arts degree in western civilisation. The degree is five years full-time study and allows you to expand knowledge and skills drawn from the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). These underpin your capacity to find solutions to local and global challenges. The Bachelor of Laws degree is accredited for admission as a lawyer in Australia. This degree provides you access to work as a legal professional, giving you skills and confidence required to address complex legal issues in an ethical and professional manner, within an international context. As a graduate of this double degree you will be well placed to develop specialist legal practice in a wide range of fields.


Professional experience

Students will complete 80 hours of pro bono work as part of their Community Legal Engagement Unit

Community engagement

The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws includes a compulsory community engagement placement of between 50-70 hours undertaken in the third year of the degree, and a completion of 80 hours of pro bono work as part of the Community Legal Engagement Unit from second year.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/ Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board and the Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW).


This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The Bachelor of Arts(Western Civilisation)/ Bachelor of Laws, and their related Honours and double degrees have been accredited as meeting the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW and Victoria and are recognised for admission in other states and territories. 


Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/ Bachelor of Laws program will be recognised by their skills to think systematically and critically; gather and evaluate evidence from many and diverse sources; communicate clearly; and apply ethical principles to decision making for a variety of professions and industries.

Possible employment opportunities include roles in government administration; art institutions; commerce and industry; community and charitable organisations; policy organisations; tourism, travel industries as well as a range of legal careers (solicitor or barrister, legal officer in the public sector, in-house counsel, public interest legal work in community legal centres and legal research).

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws, a student must complete 400 credit points.

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 Semester 1

WCIV100 The Desire to Understand: Introducing the Western Intellectual Tradition

WPOL100 The Birth of Politics: Origins of Western Political Thought

LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research

LAWS105 Contract Law

Year 1 Semester 2

WPHI101 Thinking the Real: Western Metaphysics

WLIT100 Greek and Roman Classics: Origins of Western Literature

LAWS107 Introduction to Australian Public Law

LAWS108 Commercial Law

Year 2 Semester 1

WLIT200 Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces: the Rise of the English Literary Tradition

WPOL200 The Rise of Liberalism: Authority, Society and Freedom

LAWS106 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS206 Torts

Year 2 Semester 2

WPHI201 Truth and Knowledge in Western Philosophy

WLIT201 The Age of the Novel: 1600-1900

LAWS200 Business Organisations

LAWS403 Legal Theory

Year 3 Semester 1

WCIV101 Form and Beauty: Origins of Western Art and Architecture

WCIV200 Doctrine, Myth and History: Religion and the West

LAWS314 Statutory Interpretation

LAWS205 Property

Year 3 Semester 2

WCIV301 Scientific Revolutions and the Western World

WPHI301 The Good, the Right and the Beautiful: Western Ethic and Aesthetics

LAWS201 Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution

LAWS204 Land Law

Year 4 Semester 1

WLIT300 Romanticism to Postmodernism: Movements Toward the Literary Present

WPOL300 Politics and People in British, American and Australian Democracies

LAWS304 Evidence

LAWS213 Community Legal Engagement Pro Bono

Year 4 Semester 2

WCIV300 Making a Difference: Community Engagement in Local, National and International Contexts

Western Civilisation Elective

LAWS419 Constitutional Law

LAWS420 Equity and Trusts

Year 5 Semester 1

LAWS418 Administrative Law

LAWS404 International Law

LAWS421 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

LAWS Elective 1

Year 5 Semester 2

LAWS Elective 2

LAWS Elective 3

LAWS Elective 4

LAWS Elective 5

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

Applicants must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:


New South Wales

English (Advanced) (Band 2) or English (EAL) (Band 4)

Entry into this course is based on a combination of a written submission (personal statement essay), an interview and academic performance.

Applicants are assessed on a combination of:

  • written submission of a personal statement,
  • ATAR-Selection Rank including adjustment factors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or equivalent, and
  • interview.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process. 

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.

If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.

You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.

If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$13294 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


ACU is offering up to 30 Ramsay Scholarships to students undertaking this degree, funded by the Ramsay Centre, each valued at up to $150,000 ($30,000 per year of the degree). Students eligible for scholarship will be selected by a committee, comprising senior ACU and Ramsay Centre staff.

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship, will need to meet the essential requirements for admission to the BAWC:

  • Provide details of their academic achievements, leadership experience and community engagement activities using the Applicant Resume Form;
  • Provide a 750-1500 word written submission, that can be either:
  • An essay response to the following question: How should champions of Western Civilisation reply to its critics today ? OR
  • An existing piece of written work on an Arts/Humanities theme (for example, an essay from the Year 12 curriculum which addresses a topic based on studies of literature, history, philosophy, religious studies etc)
  • Attend an interview
  • The Applicant Resume Form and essay response should be uploaded as a part of the application to study.

Scholarship applicants will also:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident at the time of application;
  • in the ordinary course:
  1. complete year 12 in the year of application; or
  2. have completed Year 12 in the preceding 3 years
  • have not undertaken preliminary study at a tertiary level, other than secondary school advancement programs or first year Bachelor level study

Or you could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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