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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
The need for environmentally sustainable and equitable development is one of the most serious issues facing the contemporary world. The Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program provides opportunities to study the causes and consequences of unequal development and assess policy options for a more equitable and sustainable future, while studying the complementary skills in Law. The Bachelor of Development Studies comprises 4 interdisciplinary majors, Cultures and Citizenship, Environmental Sustainability, Globalisation and Economic Development and Urban and Regional Development. These majors are comprised mostly of courses from the disciplines of Aboriginal Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Politics and Sociology and Anthropology (as is reflected in the core and program directed in Development Studies). Students in the combined program would be able to add to this a study of Law, commencing in Year 1, and becoming the focus of study in years 4 and 5.
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There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:
1.1.1. NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification;
1.1.2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;
1.1.3. TAFE qualifications;
1.1.4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);
1.1.5 A University approved special admission adjustment scheme:
i. Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and
ii. Regional and Rural Adjustment Scheme.
1.1.6. A University approved special admission scheme:
i. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;
ii. Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;
iii. Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and
iv. Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.
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.
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
Students in the combined program will need to complete the following courses:
- 180 units of core LAWS courses - Students in the combined degree will be required to take directed courses LAWS5010 and LAWS5014 as core
- 60 units of directed LAWS courses,
- 70 units of core Development Studies courses
- 10 units at 2000/3000 level of Development Studies directed courses. 30 units of Development Studies directed courses can be substituted for LAWS study by making B Laws (Honours) directed courses LAWS5010 Environmental Law and LAWS6019 International Human Rights Law core for the combined degree
- 80 unit Development Studies major (with max. 10 units at 1000 level & min. 40 units at 3000 level).
Students within the combined degree will be be exempt from the following:
- 30 units of Development Studies directed courses. This is in recognition of the complementary courses to be part of the Bachelor of Development Studies/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours) that will be core in the combined program.
- 50 units of electives (B Dev Stud).
For further information please see the Bachelor of Development Studies handbook entry at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-development-studies/handbook
and the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) handbook entry at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-laws-honours/handbook
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.
- B Development Studies B Laws (Hons) 2018-2020 205.4 KB
- B Development Studies B Laws (Hons) 2021 236.8 KB
Important Information for Students who commenced in this program prior to 2021
This program was revised in 2020 for 2021 implementation. Students should refer to both the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Transition Arrangements and Bachelor of Development Studies Transition Arrangements.
Law Directed Course Change 2021 - LAWS5014/6019 International Human Rights Law
LAWS5014 International Human Rights Law was discontinued and replaced with LAWS6019 International Human Rights Law from 2021 onward. Students who have completed LAWS5014 are not be required to complete LAWS6019.
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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Students must complete all the core courses. For directed courses and majors information please see the appropriate Program Handbook.
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|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|ECON1002||Macroeconomics in the Global Economy||10 units|
|ENVS1003||Environmental Values and Ethics||10 units|
|GEOG1030||Global Poverty and Development||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|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|GEOG2130||Geographies of Development||10 units|
|LAWS2030||Criminal Law and Procedure||10 units|
|GEOG3300||Rethinking Development||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|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS6019||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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.
An Honours year is available to Bachelor of Development Studies students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.
For more information about Honours please follow the link below:http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-development-studies-honours/handbook
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.
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.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.