Students commencing from 2015 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws
Information correct as at
9th Oct 2015 11:33pm
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 5 years full time.
International - 5 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|LAWS1001A||Legal System and Method - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal Systems and Method - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|SOCS1100||Professional Practice and Key Debates in Social Sciences||10 units|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|SOCS2100||Organisational Management and Social Behaviour||10 units|
|SOCS2200||Social Analysis: Key Perspectives in the Social Sciences||10 units|
|SOCS2300||Ethical Debates in the Social Sciences||10 units|
|SOCS2400||Applied Social Research||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||10 units|
|SOCS3100||Policy Development, Program Management and Evaluation||10 units|
|SOCS3200||Applied Social Research Proj||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||10 units|
Choose 70 units from the following directed courses
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Competitive Mooting||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5035||Law and Religion||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||10 units|
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.
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.
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.