Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (pre 2014)

Handbook

This program has been discontinued, and there will be no further intake for new students. The information in this program is for continuing students only, who are already enrolled in the program.

Students commencing from 2015 should refer to the handbook for our new program: Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws

Information correct as at

5th May 2015 2:19pm

Program Code

11387

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 5 years full time.

International - 5 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Social Science and Law courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Social Science degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.

Students completing this combined degree meet the academic requirement to practise law in NSW, and acquire skills and knowledge through their social science studies. Social Science is especially concerned with theories about life cycle, gender, class, race, work, social justice and social organisation. Its theories are the result of systematic thinking, observation and reflection. Social Science theory and research seek to contribute to the political and moral debates in society, rather than attempting to dictate precise solutions to social problems. Students wishing to practise Law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice program which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation. 


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Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

400 units

Program Duration

5 years full time up to 12 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws is undertaken over five years of full-time study. To satisfy the requirements of both degrees, students must comply with the specific course requirements detailed in this section, and in the Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Laws entries.

To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Social Science within the combined degree program, students must complete 80 units of Approved Core Courses plus one Approved Social Science major comprising of compulsory and directed courses from one area as follows: 20 units at 1000 level (including all 1000 level compulsory courses); 20 units at 2000 level (incl. all 2000 level compulsory courses); 40 units at 3000 level (incl. all compulsory courses). Students will need to choose courses in their first year of study that will contribute to their major. For information on majors available within the Bachelor of Social Science please refer to the Bachelor of Social Science online program handbook:  http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10716.html

Credit towards the Bachelor of Social Science degree is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws courses taken in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Social Science units to 240. Thus, on successful completion of the first three years of the combined degree program outlined you will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Social Science degree.

Students who commenced before 2013 should refer to the Transition Arrangements section for more information.

To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws degree you must complete 240 units as listed. The final two years of the combined degree program studies LAWS courses only.


Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced before 2013:

Your program requires the successful completion of 80 units of Core courses; 80 unit major (with max 20 units at 1000 level and minimum of 40 units at 3000 level) and required LAWS courses.

 

Please note:

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the compulsory courses for their major where possible.

From 2013 the Economic Policy Analysis, Film Media and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Philosophical and Religious Studies majors have been discontinued. Pre-2013 students currently undertaking one of these majors will be able to complete this major in full. Please refer to the Further Information section of the Bachelor of Social Science online program handbook at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10716.html

In 2013, courses for majors may have been streamlined. Pre-2013 students are permitted to enrol in available courses as outlined in the Bachelor of Social Science pre-2013 Program Information document, located in the Further Information section of the Bachelor of Social Science online program handbook at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10716.html

2005-2011 (inclusive) students studying the 120 unit APAC approved sequence of courses in Psychology followed by an accredited fourth year, will be able to complete the accredited sequence, but must do so within a limited time. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology and their Program Officer.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

LAWS1001ALegal System and Method - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1001BLegal Systems and Method - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS1100Professional Practice and Key Debates in Social Sciences
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law and Procedure - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCS2100Organisational Management and Social Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS2200Social Analysis: Key Perspectives in the Social Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS2300Ethical Debates in the Social Sciences
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social Research
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCS3100Policy Development, Program Management and Evaluation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS3200Applied Social Research Proj
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Procedure
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 70 units from the following directed courses

LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5005Adv Legal Research and Writing
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5006Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5009Employment Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5010Environmental LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5013Health Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistoryNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5021Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5027Maritime and International Trade Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5028Competitive Mooting
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5030Legal Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5031Competition and Consumer Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5035Law and ReligionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest Advocacy
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5039Internet Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services Regulation
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5041Mining Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5043International Study Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5061Commercial Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5063Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5065Taxation Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Psychology Studies Major:

This major is for students with a general interest in Psychology and for those who see Psychology as complementary to their studies in Social Science. It is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

 

Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Education and Arts and the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic program.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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