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C09091v2 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) (BComm)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

This course aims to develop digital communications practitioners or lawyers who can produce high-quality outcomes in complex collaborative digital environments, especially social media contexts. It examines a communications environment where diverse media converge, and mobile and social platforms are ubiquitous, and success for individuals and organisations depends largely on their capacity to creatively adapt to the challenges of continuous transformation.

The course provides full-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a lawyer together with the study of creative writing as a professional practice. Honours relates to the law component only and students must successfully complete both of the research subjects: 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis. Strong research skills are valued highly in contemporary professional practice.

The course develops a broad range of capabilities for professional practice in information and law. It is particularly relevant for imaginative, synthetic and analytical thinking and communication, as well as practical skills in digital communication across diverse technological platforms and environments. Students learn to be technologically literate, culturally sophisticated, innovative and resourceful leaders with legal knowledge and skills for the rapidly evolving digital communications industries.

Students have the opportunity to engage in deeper study of the law by studying 76090 Research Methodology and undertaking 76040 Research Thesis. This course can be a pathway to higher degree research programs.

Career options

Career options include specialist social media lawyer, media lawyer, intellectual property lawyer, solicitor, social media manager, barrister, digital and social media coordinator, digital consultant, communications officer, digital channels strategist, marketing technologist, legal adviser within a government department, lawyer in corporate and commercial sector, librarian, media researcher, project manager, web designer, and other diverse roles particularly in legal and business contexts.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 A coherent understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including: the Australian legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy; and the principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers' roles.
2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including: an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility; and an ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community.
3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to: identify and articulate legal issues in context; apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses; engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including: highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different audiences and environments; an ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade; an ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message; an ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly; an ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and an ability to generate a sustained and logical argument.
6.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including: an ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning; well developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context; the ability to support personal and professional development by: reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance; making use of feedback as appropriate; identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance; and making use of resources and support in developing resilience; a capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.
COM.1.1 Possess a well-developed awareness of professional practice in the context of the communication industries
COM.1.2 Apply theoretically-informed understanding of the communication industries in independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
COM.2.1 Possess information literacy skills to locate, gather, organise and synthesise information across diverse platforms to inform the understanding of the communication industries
COM.2.2 Be reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative and innovative; with an ability to evaluate their own and others' work
COM.3.1 Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of global contexts and openness to cultural exchange
COM.3.2 Employ professional skills responsibly and respectfully in a global environment
COM.4.1 Possess a critical understanding of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within contemporary Australian politics, history and culture
COM.4.2 Integrate knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
COM.5.1 Possess the awareness of ethical practice in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
COM.5.2 Possess the skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
COM.6.1 Possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to communicate and respond effectively and appropriately across different contexts
COM.6.2 Demonstrate digital literacy and production skills across a range of media and media texts

Key

COM = Communication course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Assumed knowledge

HSC English and computer literacy.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis. Students are required to attend approximately 17 hours of seminars and lectures a week, and may be required to attend evening classes for the law component.

Course structure

The course comprises 240 credit points and allows students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) and Bachelor of Laws. The study components for course completion are as follows.

The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • a 30-credit-point law option, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either: a disruptive technologies and the law subject, or a local internship.

The communication component of 96 credit points is made up of:

  • 24 credit points of compulsory subjects
  • 48 credit points of subjects from the Digital and Social Media major, and
  • 24 credit points of electives from cross-disciplinary subjects.

For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ10050 Digital and Social Media 48cp
STM90691 Law stream 144cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram



Course program

The standard program shown is for a full-time student with law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09444 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
54060 Digital Communities   8cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
54061 Engagement, Participation, Gamification   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
54062 Digital Experience Design   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
54063 Code as Literacy, Commodity, Infrastructure   8cp
70311 Torts   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
54064 Digital Publishing for Apps   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
Spring session
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
54065 Digital Futures   8cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Spring session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Spring session
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76092 Advanced Property 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. Honours candidates must complete 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis within the course. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

Honours

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047) is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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