Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Laws

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 15 July

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International snapshot

ATAR
80
Duration
5 years full-time; 10 years part-time
5 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
3207007
Course abbreviation
BPsychSc, LLB
Credit points
480
Equivalent units
40
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

Examining the criminal mind is a fascinating and revealing journey. In this double degree, you’ll experience the mindsets of criminals, the perspectives of victims and the motivations of people working within the legal process.

The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to embark on a career in law, as well as a strong grounding in psychology and psychological theory, providing insights into the workings of the human mind. Through an optional professional placement you can develop networks and gain vital insight into career possibilities.

Graduates may choose to pursue a career in one of the many facets of law, from health, social and disability services to youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and in education; or you can pursue postgraduate training for registration as a psychologist.

This degree fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia. 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.

The course also has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training. 

Examining the criminal mind is a fascinating and revealing journey. In this double degree, you’ll experience the mindsets of criminals, the perspectives of victims and the motivations of people working within the legal process.

The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to embark on a career in law, as well as a strong grounding in psychology and psychological theory, providing insights into the workings of the human mind. Through an optional professional placement you can develop networks and gain vital insight into career possibilities.

Graduates may choose to pursue a career in one of the many facets of law, from health, social and disability services to youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and in education; or you can pursue postgraduate training for registration as a psychologist.

This degree fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia. 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.

The course also has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training. 

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

You'll study core units in both law and psychology, and select units from an extensive range of electives to suit your career aspirations.

Domestic students

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

Students attend compulsory on-campus workshops.

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

Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Online
Session 3 November 2021
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

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

Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues

Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes

Question claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking

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

Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory- based and other psychological research

Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open- mindedness, and intellectual engagement

Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to solve problems in everyday life and in society

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 in service to the community

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.

Use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication)

Exhibit a scientific attitude in critically thinking about, and learning about, human behaviour, and in creative and pragmatic problem solving

Promote evidence-based approaches to understanding and changing human behaviour

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 an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.

Acquire an understanding of core topics and describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology

Explain the major themes (e.g., interaction of genetics and environment) and perspectives (e.g., behavioural, evolutionary, sociocultural) of psychology

Learn and work independently

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice

Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology

Apply psychological principles to promote personal development through self- regulation in setting and achieving career and personal goals; self-assess performance accurately; incorporate feedback for improved performance; and purposefully evaluate the quality of one’s thinking (metacognition)

Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences

Write effectively in a variety of formats (e.g., essays, research proposals, reports) and for a variety of purposes (e.g., informing, arguing) using the appropriate conventions and referencing styles

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., debate, group discussion, presentation) and for various purposes

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

Recognise and respect social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual, and gender diversity

Recognise how privilege, power, and oppression may affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity

Reflect on one’s experiences and learn from them in order to identify and articulate one’s personal, sociocultural, and professional values; demonstrate insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes based on psychological principles


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course 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.

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.

Attendance at on-campus workshops is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws for on-campus and online students. The workshops provide students with an opportunity to network, engage in a range of learning experiences and skills required at an LLB level that cannot be taught effectively solely online, and meet key representatives of the legal profession who address issues of contemporary legal practice and professional conduct. For more information, go to law workshops.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities exist as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations. There is a range of career opportunities in government departments, particularly those connected with health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and in education. Graduates may also pursue further training to become a registered clinical psychologist with career options in health services, education, research and more.

Professional placement

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

Professional recognition

This degree 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 practise as a lawyer.

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

The course also has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training. 

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Domestic future
students

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International future
students

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Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

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Core Units

LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2015 -  Torts
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 1
PSYC1001 -  Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC1005 -  Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology
PSYC1002 -  Introduction to Psychology II
PSYC1004 -  Introduction to Psychological Investigation
PSYC2001 -  Psychological Assessment
PSYC3001 -  Social Psychology
PSYC3003 -  Learning and Memory
STAT2002 -  Quantitative Methods in Psychology
STAT3001 -  Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC2002 -  Abnormal Psychology
PSYC2004 -  Development across the Lifespan
PSYC3004 -  Biological Psychology
PSYC2005 -  Advanced Psychological Investigation
PSYC3002 -  Applied Psychological Investigation
PSYC3005 -  Cross Cultural and Indigenous Issues in Psychology
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence

Electives

Choose eight (8) units from the following electives

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ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law
LAWS2057 -  Welfare Law
LAWS2060 -  Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018 -  Wills and Estates
LAWS2019 -  Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005 -  EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014 -  Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001 -  Victimology
LAWS2020 -  Intellectual Property
LAWS3001 -  Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002 -  Law Placement
LAWS2021 -  International Business Law
LEGL2010 -  Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022 -  Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011 -  Mediation and Dispute Resolution
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure
LAWS2054 -  Criminology
LAWS2038 -  Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2023 -  International Law
JUST2004 -  Human Rights
LAWS2024 -  Commercial Law
LAWS4001 -  Independent Legal Research
JUST2002 -  International Criminal Justice
JUST2003 -  Restorative Justice
LAWS2025 -  Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2017 -  Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2063 -  Race and the Law
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LEGL2018 -  Mediating Across Cultures
LAWS4002 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LAWS2052 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LEGL2009 -  Mooting
LAWS2059 -  International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028 -  Animal Law
LAWS2031 -  Sexual Orientation and the Law Note 1
LAWS2032 -  Comparative Law
LAWS2050 -  International Trade and Development Law
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 -  Remedies
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot Note 1
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law


Course progressions

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

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Year 1, Session 1
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
PSYC1001 -  Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC1005 -  Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology
Year 1, Session 2
LAWS2015 -  Torts
PSYC1002 -  Introduction to Psychology II
PSYC1004 -  Introduction to Psychological Investigation
STAT2002 -  Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Year 2, Session 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
PSYC2004 -  Development across the Lifespan
PSYC2001 -  Psychological Assessment
Year 2, Session 2
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
PSYC2002 -  Abnormal Psychology
Year 3, Session 1
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
PSYC3003 -  Learning and Memory
PSYC2005 -  Advanced Psychological Investigation
Year 3, Session 2
PSYC3004 -  Biological Psychology
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
PSYC3002 -  Applied Psychological Investigation
Year 4, Session 1
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
STAT3001 -  Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC3005 -  Cross Cultural and Indigenous Issues in Psychology
Year 4, Session 2
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct
PSYC3001 -  Social Psychology
Select unit from Law Electives

Year 5, Session 1
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives

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Year 1, Session 2
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
PSYC1004 -  Introduction to Psychological Investigation
Year 2, Session 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
PSYC1001 -  Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC1005 -  Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology
Year 2, Session 2
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2015 -  Torts
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
PSYC1002 -  Introduction to Psychology II
Year 3, Session 1
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
PSYC2004 -  Development across the Lifespan
PSYC2001 -  Psychological Assessment
PSYC2005 -  Advanced Psychological Investigation
Year3 , Session 2
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
STAT2002 -  Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC3002 -  Applied Psychological Investigation
Year 4, Session 1
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
PSYC3003 -  Learning and Memory
Year 4, Session 2
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct
PSYC2002 -  Abnormal Psychology
PSYC3004 -  Biological Psychology
Year 5, Session 1
PSYC3005 -  Cross Cultural and Indigenous Issues in Psychology
STAT3001 -  Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
PSYC3001 -  Social Psychology
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 6, Session 1
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives

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Year 1, Session 3
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
From Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed units.


Notes

Note 1: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.

Unit groups

Law Electives

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ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law
LAWS2057 -  Welfare Law
LAWS2060 -  Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018 -  Wills and Estates
LAWS2019 -  Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005 -  EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014 -  Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001 -  Victimology
LAWS2020 -  Intellectual Property
LAWS3001 -  Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002 -  Law Placement
LAWS2021 -  International Business Law
LEGL2010 -  Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022 -  Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011 -  Mediation and Dispute Resolution
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure
LAWS2054 -  Criminology
LAWS2038 -  Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2023 -  International Law
JUST2004 -  Human Rights
LAWS2024 -  Commercial Law
LAWS4001 -  Independent Legal Research
JUST2002 -  International Criminal Justice
JUST2003 -  Restorative Justice
LAWS2025 -  Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2017 -  Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2063 -  Race and the Law
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LEGL2018 -  Mediating Across Cultures
LAWS4002 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LAWS2052 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LEGL2009 -  Mooting
LAWS2059 -  International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028 -  Animal Law
LAWS2031 -  Sexual Orientation and the Law Note 1
LAWS2032 -  Comparative Law
LAWS2050 -  International Trade and Development Law
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 -  Remedies
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot Note 1
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law

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