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Duration5 years full-time.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098485G
Program Code40188
Selection Rank
96.93 (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers in 2021. It may change in 2022.
Entry requirements

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.

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (pre 2019)

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

Program handbook


The Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that studies the history and core learning principles of the discipline of Indigenous Studies. It also explores how critical and creative thinking occurs within Indigenous Studies. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree is offered as a five year full-time program offered in combination with other degree programs including the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree meets the academic requirements needed to gain admission to the practice of law in New South Wales. As well as providing the academic basis for admission to legal practice, law is now regarded as a useful general education, fostering understanding of how society functions, and developing skills of analytical and logical reasoning. During the first three years, combined degree students enrol in the courses offered by the Newcastle Law School as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB (Hons)), as well as courses within the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Students. During the final two years they enrol in LAWS courses only. For information about the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies refer to the relevant program entry at: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-global-indigenous-studies/handbook and for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) refer to the relevant program entry at: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-laws-honours/handbook

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated a broad and coherent understanding of the Aboriginal/Indigenous global studies disciplines including Indigenous histories, cultures, principle concepts, decolonisation and other theoretical perspectives (Depth in least one related specialist area)
  • Lateral thinking to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Advanced oral communication skills.
  • Advanced written communication skills
  • The capacity to recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law.
  • Professional skills to the maintenance and reform of the legal system
  • The highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public.
  • The capacity to understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.
  • Demonstrated cognitive, creative, analytical, and critical skills to effectively plan, analyse present and implement activities in the global discipline and related areas
  • Demonstrated a capacity to synthesise theoretical understanding and skills, with a focus on leadership, to effectively plan, analyse, present and implement activities within the discipline and with non-specialist audiences
  • Demonstrated a critical understanding of ethical and reflective practice to include Indigenous centred perspectives that underlie the globally based discipline
  • The capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
  • Recognised Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development.
  • The technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks independently
  • the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks in collaboration with others
  • Critical thinking skills to analyse the formation, content and operation of the law


Information correct as at22 Jan 2022 3:38 am
Program code40188
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time.
  • International students - 5 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City Precinct92.0096.93

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Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD30,995 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
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CRICOS Code098485G

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Admission information

Admission requirements

There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Global Indigenous 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 factor 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.

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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.

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

Program requirements

Students are required to complete 400 units of study over five (5) years which includes the following components to be awarded the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Please note that only the core courses are listed and students should refer to the individual program handbooks for majors and directed courses.

Global Indigenous Studies:

  • 50 units of core courses;
  • One 80 unit major;
  • 30 units of elective courses.


  • 160 units of core courses;
  • 80 units of directed courses.

Majors for the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program are:

Global Indigenous Studies; Human Services; Film, Media and Cultural Studies; Human Geography and the Environment; Human Resource Management; Sociology and Anthropology; Governance, Policy and Political Economy; Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

For more information on the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies please refer to the handbook for that program at: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-global-indigenous-studies/handbook

For more information on the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program please refer to the handbook for that program at: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-laws-honours/handbook

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Transition arrangements

Students who wish to transition into the new program from Semester 1 2019 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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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Core Courses

Core Courses Global Indigenous Studies

Students must complete all core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR1001Welcome to Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ABOR2001Development of Inclusive Workplace and Entrepreneurial Identities
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ABOR3001Building Skills for Change
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ABOR3999Aboriginal Professional Experience
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
Core Courses Law

Students must complete all core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS1010Legal System and Method I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1011Legal System and Method II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1020Torts I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1021Torts II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS2030Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3040Contracts I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3041Contracts II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
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.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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.

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 College 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.