Course

Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BComm/LLB


Western Sydney University Course Code: 2752.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 054282E


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced.  This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2014 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2013 - 2752.2 Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2011 - 2752.1 Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws

This double degree permits students to undertake multi-skilling into two diverse career paths, providing increased marketability to multiple areas of expertise. The Bachelor of Laws provides students with professional skills including: the ability to analyse legal material and understand fundamental legal principles; an understanding of the relationship between law and society; the skills to analyse and solve legal and non-legal problems and specialised study into the Australian legal system. The Bachelor of Communication encompasses a wide range of units in the field of communication and media with a core program of media studies, practices and theory, and specialised major sequences in advertising, journalism, public relations and media arts production.

Study Mode
Five years full-time or ten years part-time

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Sarah Hookcourseadvicelaw@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
Graduates from the Bachelor of Laws are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. The Bachelor of Communication is accredited with the International Advertising Association (IAA), the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Federation of Australia (MFA).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements

Admission

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Communication Studies/Bachelor of Laws is based on the following requirements:

Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of HSC English

Recommended studies: HSC English standard or equivalent

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

UAC

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for a double degree in law requires the successful completion of 400 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequences for the relevant double degree programs.

Students are eligible to graduate in the associated degree at the end of three years of full-time study, only when they have completed all non-law units plus the eight law units specified in the study sequence as being in the first three years of the relevant double degree.

It may be possible to vary the sequence of units so that students study a greater concentration of either law or their second discipline of study each semester to minimise travel between campuses and to overcome timetabling problems. Students should speak to their academic advisor as needed.

Students considering varying their recommended course sequences outlined below, should also refer to the separate Bachelor of Laws (course code 2501 or 2502) and Bachelor of Communication (course code 1696) recommended course sequences, to ensure that they are completing their studies in a manner which will avoid problems due to a lack of prerequisites or prior knowledge. Continuing students should refer to the earlier versions of the above courses.

The Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws requires students to undertake the 12 core Communication units plus 40 credit points from one of the following majors, selecting 20 credit points at Level 2, and 20 credit points at Level 3:

M1064.1 Advertising

M1067.1 Journalism

M1066.1 Media Arts Production

M1065.1 Public Relations

The major in Media Arts Production will only be offered at the Penrith campus and is NOT offered at Parramatta campus.

Recommended sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

200006Introduction to Law
200008Torts Law

Two of the following eight core first year Communications units

101920Writing Ecologies
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production
100706Advertising: An Introduction
101926Media Cultures and Industries
101925Mediated Mobilities
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
100556Introduction to Journalism
101921Visual Storytelling

Spring session

200007Law Foundation
200010Criminal Law

Two of the following eight core first year Communications units

101920Writing Ecologies
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production
100706Advertising: An Introduction
101926Media Cultures and Industries
101925Mediated Mobilities
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
100556Introduction to Journalism
101921Visual Storytelling

Year 2

Autumn session

200011Contracts

Choose one of:

101928Media Law and Ethics
101929Professional Writing and Editing

Plus two of the first year units listed above.

Spring session

200012Property Law

Choose one of:

101928Media Law and Ethics
101929Professional Writing and Editing

Plus two of the remaining first year units listed above.

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics

Choose one of:

101930Communication Research Project
101931Media Memory

Plus 20 credit points from the major sequence (see below):

Students in Journalism Major

20 credit points from:

102062News Reporting
102061Feature Writing
102017Journalism: Research and Investigation
100953Photo Journalism
102057Digital Journalism Production
102063News Teams
101939Transmedia Production
101173Internship

Students in Media Arts Production Major

20 credit points from:

102059Screen and Sound Practices
101935Documentary Media
102054Animation and Visual Effects
102060TV Production
101938Media Arts Project
101939Transmedia Production
101173Internship

Students in the Public Relations Major

20 credit points from:

102056Communication Strategies
101940Events Management
101941Account and Client Management
102064Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication
102058Digital and Social Media Communications
102055Communication Campaigns
101173Internship

Students in Advertising Major

20 credit points from:

102056Communication Strategies
100552Advertising: Creative
101941Account and Client Management
101034Advertising: Media
102058Digital and Social Media Communications
102055Communication Campaigns
101173Internship

Spring session

200009Constitutional Law

Choose one of:

101930Communication Research Project
101931Media Memory

Plus 20 credit points from the major sequence (see list above).

As above, students would normally be expected to select Level 2 units in their chosen major sequence but may select Level 3 units as long as they meet any prerequisites.

NOTE: Students who wish to exit this double degree after their third year and graduate with 1696 - Bachelor of Communication must have completed 240 credit points and completed the units as listed above in Years 1, 2 and 3

HONOURS: Honours year is available in stand alone course code 1657

Year 4

Autumn session

200811Alternative Dispute Resolution
200757Equity & Trusts

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200018Law of Associations
200756Remedies

Two LLB alternate units

Year 5

Autumn session

200814Commercial Transactions Law
200813Civil Procedure and Arbitration

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200013Administrative Law
200015Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Two LLB alternate units

LLB Alternate Units

Students must complete 80 credit points from the list of LLB alternate units below.

200019Revenue Law
200021Land Transactions Law
200186Advanced Taxation Law
200220International Criminal Law
200271Financial Services Law
200294Mediation
200295Bioethics
200296Law Economics and Business Ethics
200297Law of Employment
200298Immigration and Refugee Law
200529Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World
200629Advanced Family Law
200631Competition Law and Policy
200632Elder Law
200633Family Law
200635Human Rights Law
200637Intellectual Property
200638International Business Transactions Law
200639International Trade Law
200640Medical Malpractice Law
200641Wills and Succession
200646Advocacy
200647Planning and Environment Law
200649Jurisprudence
200650Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs
200652Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200653Public International Law
200654Anti-Discrimination Law
200656Conflict of Laws
200657Corporate Governance
200659Insolvency Law and Policy
200661Media Law
200663International Moot Court
200697Banking and Securities Law
200699Clinical Legal Placement
200700Law Honours Dissertation
200701Issues in the Criminal Justice System
200702Public Health Law
200704Independent Study (Law)
200741Indigenous Australians and the Law
200772Family Dispute Resolution
200773Moot Court
200774Consumer Law and Policy
200799Work Health and Safety Law
200800International Climate Law
200801International Environmental Law
200802Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)
200803Law of International Organisations
200804Law of the Sea

Please note that the availability of Bachelor of Laws Alternate Units may vary from year to year. New units may become available and some others discontinued. The most recent version of course 2501 indicates which units are offered in the course. The School will publish information on which units are available in a session.

Honours

An Honours award is offered - see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated Guidelines for the admission criteria.

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