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Newcastle City

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40272

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Criminology, and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined

Program handbook

Description

Students in the combined Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program study a combination of Criminology and Law courses over a period of five years (full-time). In the first three years students complete all the courses required for the Bachelor of Criminology degree, which includes eight core Law courses. In the final two years students study all remaining core and directed Law courses to complete the requirements of the accredited Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, which meets the academic requirements to practise law in NSW.

After completing the Bachelor of Criminology, students are automatically enrolled into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program in the fourth and fifth years of study. Students in the accredited Diploma of Legal Practice complete legal practice modules and practical legal training by working on real life cases at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, and in external placements with law firms, legal professionals and in government departments and agencies.

Students who complete the combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice program are eligible to seek admission to legal practice without any additional study or practical legal training or workplace experience. Students can opt not to complete the Diploma of Legal Practice, but will need to undertake their professional legal training through another approved provider if they want to be admitted to legal practice.

Our combined Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) graduates can analyse and explain crime and criminality from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and use high level problem solving and communication skills to act as advocates in the criminal justice system. Having completed placements and work-integrated learning in diverse contexts, they are work ready and equipped to advocate for a range of stakeholders, and to address legal and social issues that shape the administration of justice in criminal law and related institutions.

 


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas.
  • Cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding.
  • Technical skills to design and use research in a project.
  • Communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.
  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge.
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas.
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters.
  • Coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods.
  • Professionalism: You will have developed a sound and critical understanding of the function and role of the criminal justice system.
  • Skills to recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law.
  • Professional skills to apply the maintenance and reform of the legal system.
  • Skills to uphold the highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public.
  • Skills to understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.
  • Capacity to recognise Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development.
  • Professionalism: Worked independently and/or collaboratively, in a professional and ethical manner, in exploring ways to improve access to justice for those that come into contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Professionalism: You will have engaged and/or collaborated with students from allied disciplines to explore the multidisciplinary nature of the criminal justice system.
  • Scholarship: You will possess a scholarly and critical appreciation of the importance of the clarity of communication in the field of criminal justice; including written and oral submissions.
  • The capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
  • The technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks working independently and in collaboration with others
  • Critical thinking skills to analyse the formation , content and operation of the law.
  • Lateral thinking skills to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.

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Information correct as at30 Oct 2020 1:12 pm
Program code40272
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time.
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    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Business and Law
    Contributing schools
    1. Newcastle Law School
    2. School of Humanities and Social Science
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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    The Combined Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a 400 unit undergraduate qualification.  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 qualification;
    4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);
    5. A University approved special admission bonus points 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 Cricumstances Admission Scheme; and
      • Guarantee Entry Admission Scheme.

    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.

    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.


    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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    400 units

    Program duration

    5 years full-time.

    Program requirements

    This program reqirements the successful completion of 400 units.

    Program directed courses are any course listed in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (excluding Core courses).

    Students must not exceed a maximum of 100 units at any level in each of the component programs.

    Students must only completed course that form part of the program.

    To fulfil the requirements of the program students must complete:

    • 80 units of Criminology Core Courses; and
    • 160 units of Law Core Courses; and
    • 80 units of program Directed Law Courses; and
    • 80 units of electives.

     


    Program structure

    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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    Criminology Core Courses

    Complete the following 80 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CRIM1010Introduction to Criminology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM1020Victimology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM2001Criminal Justice in Practice
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM2020Criminal Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    CRIM2030Criminology in the Legal ContextNot currently offered10 units
    CRIM3001Criminal Justice Placement
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM3010Crime, Power and the State
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    20 units

    Laws Core Courses

    Laws Core Courses

    Complete the following 160 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    LAWS1010Legal System and Method I
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS1011Legal System and Method II
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS1020Torts I
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS1021Torts II
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS2030Criminal Law and Procedure
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS3040Contracts I
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS3041Contracts II
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4001Constitutional Law
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4002Administrative Law
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4003Civil Dispute Resolution
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4004Evidence
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4005Company Law
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4007Professional Conduct
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4011Property
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4012Public International Law
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    Laws Core Courses

    Directed Courses

    Choose 80 units from the following Laws directed course list to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    LAWS5003Advanced Criminal Law
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and Writing
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5010Environmental Law
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5013Health Law
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5016Law Review
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The Law
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5028Competitive Mooting
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5031Competition Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5036International Clinical Legal Externship
    • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5037Public Interest Advocacy
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5039Internet Law
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5043International Study Experience
    • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5044International Environmental Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units

    Electives

    Complete 80 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

    80 units

    Additional information

    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.


    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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


    Additional support

    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.