University of Technology Sydney

C09089v3 Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) (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 the UTS 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 is offered jointly by UTS Law and UTS Communication. The course assists students to develop practical experience of and theoretical engagement in contemporary writing and publishing and the intersection of law and creative production. Students are prepared for a broad range of careers, including professional and legal practice, through an emphasis on critical skills to develop independent writing, editing and publishing skills 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 writing and publishing 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.

Students learn a range of storytelling forms, editing and publishing, and build their knowledge of Australian and global publishing contexts. They also study the 'written word' – one of the most important tools of the legal profession – and the combination of law and writing and publishing equips students to become effective advocates who can provide innovative and thoughtful solutions to complex problems.

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 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

COM.1.1 Act in a professional manner appropriate to communication industries.
COM.1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of communication industries to independent and collaborative projects across a range of media.
COM.2.1 Employ appropriate research and inquiry skills to independently gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms.
COM.2.2 Act as reflexive critical thinkers and innovative creative practitioners who evaluate their own and others' work.
COM.3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts.
COM.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities.
COM.5.1 Analyse and act ethically in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society.
COM.6.1 Exemplify effective and appropriate communication in different communication industry contexts.
COM.6.2 Utilise digital literacy and production skills across a range of media.
LAW.1.1 A coherent and advanced understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including: a. The Australian colonial and post-colonial legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge;
b. The broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy;
c. The impact of Anglo-Australian laws on Indigenous peoples, including their historical origins in the process of colonisation and ongoing impact;
d. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers’ roles;
e. Advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of underlying legal principles and concepts in one or more areas of practice or inquiry.
LAW.2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including:
a. An understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility;
b. 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; and
c. An ability to reflect on and engage constructively with diversity in practice.
LAW.3.1 An advanced capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to:
a. Identify and articulate legal issues in context, including the skill of critical reading and writing;
b. Apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to sometimes complex legal problems;
c. Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and
d. Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
LAW.4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues; advanced knowledge of legal research principles and different methodologies, and technical and planning skills to design and apply research to a significant scholarly piece of work.
LAW.5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including:
a. Highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different and diverse audiences and environments;
b. An ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade;
c. An ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message;
d. An ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly;
e. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and
f. An ability to communicate a clear and coherent exposition of legal research and scholarship orally and in writing.
LAW.6.1 Effective and appropriate collaboration skills in working together to achieve a common goal in a group learning environment or the workplace including:
a. An ability to give and receive feedback;
b. Appropriate professional and interpersonal skills in working collaboratively;
c. A capacity to develop strategies to successfully negotiate group challenges; and
d. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others.
LAW.7.1 The capacity to work with Indigenous peoples in a professional context;
a. To respect, recognise and advocate for Indigenous strengths and self-determination;
b. To acknowledge and respect Indigenous Knowledges;
c. To understand the impact of colonisation, specifically historical and ongoing racism and the economic impact of dispossession resulting in social and economic exclusion, and
d. To identify and challenge the deficit narratives and biases of Anglo-Australian laws towards Indigenous Australians.
LAW.8.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including:
a. An ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning, including authorship of a significant piece of work;
b. Well-developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context;
c. The ability to support personal and professional development by:
I. Reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance;
II. Making use of feedback as appropriate;
III. Identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance;
IV. Making use of resources and support in developing resilience; and
d. A capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.

Key

LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
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 (Writing and Publishing) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours). 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 Writing and Publishing 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
MAJ09477 Writing and Publishing 48cp
STM90691 Law stream 144cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 24cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C09089

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
52690 Narrative in Theory and Practice   6cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52691 Writing and Editing Foundations   6cp
52692 Imagining the Real   6cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52650 Screen Story   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
52694 Publishing Cultures   6cp
52695 Adaptations   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
52696 Professional Pathways in Writing and Publishing   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
Spring session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
52697 Major Writing Project   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 24cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Spring session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 24cp  
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Year 5
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 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  
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
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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