- Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
Face to Face
5 years full-time.
- Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
AUD31,245 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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- IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
- IELTS section minimum - 6.0
5 years full-time.
Face to Face
Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the courses required for the Bachelor of Communication degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.
Students completing this combined degree meet the academic requirement to practice law in NSW, and also become specialists in a field of Communication. However, students must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board to practice as a solicitor. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation.
Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrate the capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
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There are a number of ways to gain entry into this program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:
1. NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification;
2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;
3. TAFE qualifications;
4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);
5. A University approved special admission adjustment scheme:
- Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and
- Regional and Rural Adjustment Scheme.
6. A University approved special admission scheme:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;
- Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;
- Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and
- Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.
Students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.
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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
5 years full-time.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined degree program is undertaken over five years of full-time study. To satisfy current degree requirements, candidates must undertake the following program comprising 160 units of Bachelor of Communication courses and 240 units of LAWS courses. The 160 units of Bachelor of Communication courses must be comprised of 80 units of core and an 80 unit major. Details on the Bachelor of Communication requirements can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-communication/handbook
Credit towards the Bachelor of Communication is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses completed in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Communication units to 240 units. To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units in the pattern indicated. The two final years of the combined degree program comprise study of LAWS courses only.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
The Bachelor of Communication program was revised in 2016, and amendments were made for implementation 2017. FMCS2000 was removed from the core and added to the Media Studies major. CMNS2800 was removed from the Media Studies major and added to the core. The following transition arrangements apply to students who commenced the program prior to 2017:
- Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have completed FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices will include this course in their core. CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship may be taken as an elective or, for students in the Media Studies major, as one of their Directed Courses.
- Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have completed CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship AND FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices will be able to include either in their core. The course not included in the student’s core will either be included as an elective or, for students in the Media Studies major, as one of their Directed Courses.
- Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have not done FMCS2000 must do CMNS2800 as part of their core.
- Students who enrol from 2017 will not be affected.
The Bachelor of Communication program was revised in 2019, and amendments made for implementation in 2020. There are no changes to the structure of the program. Students in the Bachelor of Communication/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours) must complete: • 160 units of Core Laws courses; and• 80 units of Laws Directed courses; and• 80 units of Core Communication courses; and• One 80 unit Communication Major.
From 2020, the following changes will apply: • The Journalism major will be renamed News and Digital Media• The Media Production major name remains the same • The Public Relations major will be renamed Public Relations and Strategic Communication• The Media Studies major will not be available for students who commence the program from semester 1 2020 • Experience Creation will be introduced as a new major from 2020 For students who commenced the program prior to 2020 please refer to the 2020 Bachelor of Communication Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents Section for more details.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|CMNS1000||Digital and Social Media||10 units|
|CMNS1230||Foundations of Media Production||10 units|
|CMNS1234||Media and Communication Concepts||10 units|
|LAWS1010||Legal System and Method I||10 units|
|LAWS1011||Legal System and Method II||10 units|
|LAWS1020||Torts I||10 units|
|LAWS1021||Torts II||10 units|
|CMNS2600||Audience Participation and Interaction||10 units|
|CMNS2700||Communication Research and Data Analytics||10 units|
|CMNS2800||Creative Industries Entrepreneurship||10 units|
|LAWS2030||Criminal Law and Procedure||10 units|
|CMNS3310||Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production||10 units|
|CMNS3320||Global Trends in Media and Communication||10 units|
|LAWS3040||Contracts I||10 units|
|LAWS3041||Contracts II||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Dispute Resolution||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 80 units from directed courses across Years 4 and 5.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Adv Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5021||Sport and the Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||10 units|
|LAWS5027||International Trade Law||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Competitive Mooting||10 units|
|LAWS5029||Workplace Health and Safety Law||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Jurisprudence||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5033||Native Title Law and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
|LAWS5039||Internet Law||10 units|
|LAWS5040||Financial Services Regulation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5042||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5044||International Environmental Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||10 units|
Honours is embedded in the Law component of this program. All students who successfully complete the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Students who excel in their studies will have access to graded Honours, which will be calculated according to the University's policy. The policy is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000990.html . See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
Additional Information (Prospective Students)
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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.
Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology 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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.