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C10378v1 Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) Bachelor of Laws

Award(s): Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) (BComm)

UAC code: 609006(Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087782A
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

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

Overview

This course is offered jointly by UTS: Law and UTS: Communication. The course aims to assist students to develop practical experience of and theoretical engagement in the discipline of contemporary creative writing and the intersection of law and creativity. Students are prepared for a broad range of careers, including professional and legal practice, through an emphasis on critical skills to develop independent writing and foundational law studies.

The program 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.

Students learn a range of key genres and forms, including narrative writing, creative non-fiction, poetry and poetics, and screenwriting. Students also study the 'written word' – one of the most important tools of the legal profession – and the combination of law and creative writing equips students to become effective advocates who can provide innovative and thoughtful solutions to complex problems.

Career options

Career options include media lawyer, intellectual property lawyer, solicitor, barrister, editor, publisher, scriptwriter, literary agent, communication coordinator, copywriter, novelist, feature writer, publications officer, freelance writer.

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)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

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 (Creative Writing) 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
  • 30 credit points of law options, this includes, either:
    • 30 credit points of law options, or
    • 30 credit points of legal futures and technology options
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option.

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

  • 24 credit points of compulsory subjects
  • 48 credit points of subjects from the Creative Writing 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
MAJ10051 Creative Writing 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 CBK90922.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09443 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.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
54070 Fictional Forms   8cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
54071 Imagining the Real   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
54072 Narrative and Theory   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
54073 Genre Writing   8cp
70311 Torts   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
54074 Writing Laboratory   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
Spring session
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
54075 Creative Writing Project   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
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  
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
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90923 Options (Legal Theory UG) 6cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  

Honours

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

Students who meet these criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Haymarket Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Students who undertake the Legal Futures and Technology major and who meet the criteria for honours can choose to undertake honours as part of their degree.

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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