Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 28 January

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR
80
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July, October
Course code
3207011
Course abbreviation
BA, LLB
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects with a double degree in arts and law. You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as history, digital media or politics and international relations, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects with a double degree in arts and law. You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as history, digital media or politics and international relations, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.


About the course

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
OnlineSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer
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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Arts after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), refer to the Bachelor of Arts Schedule of Units at https://www.scu.edu.au/study-at-scu/courses/bachelor-of-arts-3007099/2022/.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Laws after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), refer to the Bachelor of Laws Schedule of Units at https://www.scu.edu.au/study-at-scu/courses/bachelor-of-laws-3007001/2022/.

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005Legal Process Note 1
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
LAWS2002Contract Law I
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
LAWS2015Torts
LAWS2003Contract Law II
LAWS2009Criminal Law
LAWS2012Property Principles
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2017Principles of Equity
LAWS2016Evidence
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
LAWS2007Corporations Law
LAWS2013Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2006Administrative Law
LAWS3003Professional Conduct Note 1
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World

Arts Majors

Choose one (1) major

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
WRIT2005Writing Genre
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
One (1) unit from the following:
WRIT2003Writing Lives
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
and
COMM3002Professional Placement
or
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
CLST1001Perspectives on Australia
CLST1003Doing Cultural Studies
CLST2001Culture, Technology and the Senses
CLST2004Gender, Sexuality and Culture
CLST2005Space, Place and Travel
CLST3002Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging
CLST3003EcoCultural Studies
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMM3002Professional Placement
MDIA1001Media Studies
MDIA1002Visual Communication and Design
MDIA1003Digital Media Practices
MDIA1004Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA2002Essential Screen Skills
MDIA2006Film Studies
MDIA3001Advanced Screen Production

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
CLST2003Australian Cultural History
CLST2006Road Trip
EDUC3016Interdisciplinary Studies of History and Time
HIST1001Making History
HIST1002US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization
HIST2001Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History
HIST3001Community History Research Project
INDG1009Colonising Histories

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
POLT1001Australian Politics
POLT2001Ideas and Ideals in Politics
POLT2002Local Government
POLT2004Analysing Policy Problems
POLT3001Peace, War and International Politics
POLT3004Global Social Movements
SOCI3003Religions and the State

Arts Law Options

Choose three (3) Arts Law Options

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
JUST2003Restorative Justice
JUST2007Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2009The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence
JUST2010Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century
JUST2011DNA and the Law
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2034The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2037Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2041Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2042Information Environmentalism
LAWS2044Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context
LAWS2048International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2049Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
LAWS2052Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS2059International Human Rights Law
LAWS2063Race and the Law
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
LEGL2018Mediating Across Cultures
POLT2005Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
INDG1011Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
LEGL1005Legal Process
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
LAWS2002Contract Law I
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesLAW00503 Contract Law AND not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesLAW00507 Criminal Law and Procedure AND not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS2003Contract Law II
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesLAW10001 Contract Law I
Anti-requisitesLAW00503 Contract Law AND not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS2009Criminal Law
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesLAW00507 Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS2015Torts
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesLAW10180 - Law of Torts AND this unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

LAWS2010Environmental Law
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed the following units: LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System.
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
LAWS2007Corporations Law
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Anti-requisitesAAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW00111 Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
LAWS2012Property Principles
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesLAW00116 - Property Law AND not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2017Principles of Equity
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesLAW00115 - Equity AND this unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed LAWS2003 - Contract Law II
CLST1005Unruly Subjects: Citizenship

Not currently available

Third Year

LAWS2016Evidence
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
Anti-requisitesLAW00114 - Evidence and Civil Procedure AND this unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2013Civil Litigation and Procedure
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
Anti-requisitesLAW00114 - Evidence and Civil Procedure AND this unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Major Unit
LAWS2006Administrative Law
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisites LAW00111 Legal Process AND LAWS2005 - Constitutional Law
LAWS3003Professional Conduct
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationIt is recommended that this unit be undertaken in the final year of study. This unit consists of a compulsory three day workshop for internal students and four day workshop for online students offered on Gold Coast campus. Students must attend this workshop when they are enrolled in LAWS3003 - Professional Conduct, is normally undertaken in the final year of study.
Arts Law Option Unit
Major Unit

Fourth Year

Major Unit
Arts Law Option Unit
Major Unit
Arts Law Option Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit


Notes

Note 1: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required for this unit.

Unit groups

Arts Law Option Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
JUST2003Restorative Justice
JUST2007Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2009The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence
JUST2010Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century
JUST2011DNA and the Law
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2034The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2037Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2041Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2042Information Environmentalism
LAWS2044Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context
LAWS2048International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2049Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
LAWS2052Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS2059International Human Rights Law
LAWS2063Race and the Law
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
LEGL2018Mediating Across Cultures
POLT2005Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
INDG1011Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues

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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Access, manage, research and evaluate sources of information using intellectual and practical skills relevant to legal research and policy issues in professional practice.

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to social and cultural situations and problems.

Demonstrate the ability to develop a persuasive independent argument incorporating a range of perspectives and evidence.

Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.

Develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary and historical social, environmental and cultural issues.

Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.

Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and sustainability in service to the community.

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and equity and according to ethical conventions.

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.

Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of society and culture in chosen disciplines of study.

Apply disciplinary knowledge to diverse contexts.

Learn and work independently by reflection and assessment of their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.

Access, evaluate and present information using academic conventions to inform decision-making and action.

Collaborate and communicate using appropriate academic skills in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences

Communicate effectively in academic and professional settings in a variety of forms, including working autonomously or collaboratively.

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.

Demonstrate a commitment to multicultural perspectives as well as specifically developing the ability to engage in a culturally competent way with Indigenous peoples.


Assessment methods
The assessment methods for the Bachelor of Laws vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies.
 
The assessment methods used in the Bachelor of Arts vary from unit to unit.
Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of arts and law; and those specific to each discipline.

For arts: communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.

For law: barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations. 

Professional placement

Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices to build their practical legal skills and develop their professional networks.

In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible to practise as a lawyer. 

Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their practising requirements.

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