Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 3:27 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
5 years full-time; 10 years part-time
5 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
3207006
Course abbreviation
BSocSc, 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

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference.

Graduates of this course can anticipate a wide range of careers specific to the law or social science, or as a combination of both. Spanning the public and private sectors, options include legal practice as a barrister or solicitor, social welfare, community development, social policy, social justice, research and analysis.

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 be eligible to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference.

Graduates of this course can anticipate a wide range of careers specific to the law or social science, or as a combination of both. Spanning the public and private sectors, options include legal practice as a barrister or solicitor, social welfare, community development, social policy, social justice, research and analysis.

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 be eligible to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve 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

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree, however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for details about majors and streams offered in this course.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2, 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.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

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


Assessment methods

The assessment methods 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.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for assessment methods in that course.

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

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of social science and law; and those specific to each discipline. For social science: professional roles in social welfare, community development, or in policy-related areas of government departments and the private sector. For law: as 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 complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, but 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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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

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


Course requirements

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

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:

Class of Honours

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:

Exit Award

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Social Science upon completion of the requirements of the single degree. 


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Criminal ProcedureIntroductory
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW10004 -  Criminal LawIntermediate
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced Note 1

Majors

Select one (1) major from the following:

Electives

Select five (5) elective units from the following, ensuring at least one (1) is advanced:

TitleLevel of learningNote
ACC00132 -  TaxationAdvanced
ACC00134 -  Advanced TaxationAdvanced
LAW00054 -  Family Law PracticeIntermediate
LAW00057 -  Conveyancing LawIntermediate Note 1
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW00061 -  Drugs, Crime and the LawIntermediate
LAW00062 -  Wills and EstatesIntermediate
LAW00104 -  Employment and Industrial Relations LawAdvanced
LAW00106 -  EEO and OH&S Law and PracticeAdvanced
LAW00119 -  Local Government and Planning LawIntermediate
LAW00120 -  VictimologyIntermediate
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00122 -  Clinical Legal ExperienceIntermediate
LAW00123 -  Law PlacementAdvanced
LAW00124 -  International Business LawIntermediate
LAW00125 -  Information Technology and the LawAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate
LAW00214 -  Mediation and Dispute ResolutionIntroductory Note 1
LAW00216 -  Mediation Practice and ProcedureIntermediate Note 1
LAW00514 -  CriminologyIntermediate
LAW00516 -  Advanced AdvocacyIntermediate
LAW00521 -  International LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00523 -  Commercial LawIntermediate
LAW00524 -  Independent Legal ResearchAdvanced
LAW00525 -  CyberlawIntermediate
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10167 -  International Intellectual Property Law and Public PolicyIntermediate
LAW10168 -  Privacy Law and the Private SectorIntermediate
LAW10169 -  Human Rights and the Global EconomyAdvanced
LAW10170 -  Race and the LawIntermediate
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10181 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and MethodAdvanced
LAW10206 -  The Holocaust, Genocide and the LawIntermediate
LAW10207 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the LawAdvanced
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10292 -  Education and the LawIntermediate
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10488 -  Crime, Globalisation and GovernanceIntermediate
LAW10489 -  Australian Military and National Security LawIntermediate
LAW10490 -  Trials and WitnessesIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10698 -  International Trade and Development LawAdvanced
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW30001 -  Ecological JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW30002 -  Advanced Sports LawAdvanced
LAW30003 -  International Humanitarian LawIntermediate
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal LawAdvanced
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
LAW73003 -  RemediesAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72011 -  Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authorityIntermediate
LAW72010 -  Property in LandIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW72015 -  Law, Film and IdeologyIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
HUM72020 -  Indigenous RightsIntermediate
LAW73051 -  Global Legal PluralismAdvanced Note 1
LAW73050 -  Jessup MootAdvanced Note 1
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced Note 1
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate Note 1
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate Note 1
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
LAW72018 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the LawIntermediate
LAW72019 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/ComicsIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate
Choose two (2) Social Science elective units from:


Course progressions

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

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 1. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 1.
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views

Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Australian Criminal Law IIntroductory
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW10004 -  Australian Criminal Law IIIntermediate
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
1st Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
2nd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
1st Unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 1
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
3rd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced Note 1
4th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
5th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 5, Session 1
3rd Unit from Law Electives
4th Unit from Law Electives
6th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
1st Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
Year 5, Session 2
5th Unit from Law Electives
7th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
8th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
2nd Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 2
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
LAW10004 -  Australian Criminal Law IIIntermediate
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Australian Criminal Law IIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
1st Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 4, Session 1
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced Note 1
2nd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
3rd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 5, Session 1
4th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
5th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
1st Unit from Law Electives
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
3rd Unit from Law Electives
4th Unit from Law Electives
6th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
7th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
Year 6, Session 1
5th Unit from Law Electives
8th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
1st Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
2nd Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 3
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory Note 1
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

TitleLevel of learningNote
ACC00132 -  TaxationAdvanced
ACC00134 -  Advanced TaxationAdvanced
LAW00054 -  Family Law PracticeIntermediate
LAW00057 -  Conveyancing LawIntermediate Note 1
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW00061 -  Drugs, Crime and the LawIntermediate
LAW00062 -  Wills and EstatesIntermediate
LAW00104 -  Employment and Industrial Relations LawAdvanced
LAW00106 -  EEO and OH&S Law and PracticeAdvanced
LAW00119 -  Local Government and Planning LawIntermediate
LAW00120 -  VictimologyIntermediate
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00122 -  Clinical Legal ExperienceIntermediate
LAW00123 -  Law PlacementAdvanced
LAW00124 -  International Business LawIntermediate
LAW00125 -  Information Technology and the LawAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate
LAW00214 -  Mediation and Dispute ResolutionIntroductory Note 1
LAW00216 -  Mediation Practice and ProcedureIntermediate Note 1
LAW00514 -  CriminologyIntermediate
LAW00516 -  Advanced AdvocacyIntermediate
LAW00521 -  International LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00523 -  Commercial LawIntermediate
LAW00524 -  Independent Legal ResearchAdvanced
LAW00525 -  CyberlawIntermediate
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10167 -  International Intellectual Property Law and Public PolicyIntermediate
LAW10168 -  Privacy Law and the Private SectorIntermediate
LAW10169 -  Human Rights and the Global EconomyAdvanced
LAW10170 -  Race and the LawIntermediate
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10181 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and MethodAdvanced
LAW10206 -  The Holocaust, Genocide and the LawIntermediate
LAW10207 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the LawAdvanced
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10292 -  Education and the LawIntermediate
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10488 -  Crime, Globalisation and GovernanceIntermediate
LAW10489 -  Australian Military and National Security LawIntermediate
LAW10490 -  Trials and WitnessesIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10698 -  International Trade and Development LawAdvanced
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW30001 -  Ecological JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW30002 -  Advanced Sports LawAdvanced
LAW30003 -  International Humanitarian LawIntermediate
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal LawAdvanced
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
LAW73003 -  RemediesAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72011 -  Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authorityIntermediate
LAW72010 -  Property in LandIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW72015 -  Law, Film and IdeologyIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
HUM72020 -  Indigenous RightsIntermediate
LAW73051 -  Global Legal PluralismAdvanced Note 1
LAW73050 -  Jessup MootAdvanced Note 1
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced Note 1
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate Note 1
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate Note 1
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
LAW72018 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the LawIntermediate
LAW72019 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/ComicsIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate

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