University of Technology Sydney

C10381v2 Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) Bachelor of Laws

Award(s): Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) (BComm)

UAC code: 609002 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087787G
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

In this degree, students engage with the fundamentals of the legal system and the legal frameworks that underpin a range of creative ventures, as well as the conceptual, theoretical and production skills required for a successful media career.

Communication course content spans film, video, sound and new media; students develop a creative portfolio in their chosen discipline that details project work produced throughout the course.

Law content encompasses fundamental legal theory and practice and meets the academic requirements for admission to practise law in NSW. Elective choices include cross-discipline studies in history, communication, media and country studies; specialist legal subjects, such as media, entertainment and intellectual property law; and the Legal Futures and Technology major.

Students build a diverse set of technical skills, an understanding of intellectual property, and first-hand experience of the role of technology in the legal and media production landscape.

Career options

Career options include lawyer in the media and communication industry; a wide range of roles within the media and cultural sectors in film, media or sound production; or emerging areas including the internet.

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 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; and
d. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers’ roles.
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 A 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;
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.
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; and
e. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others.
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;
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)

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. 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, including 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 Media Arts and Production 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
MAJ09481 Media Arts and Production 48cp
STM90691 Law stream 144cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 24cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10381

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
52650 Screen Story   6cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
52651 Exploring Media Arts   6cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52652 Drama Production   6cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52653 Creating Documentary   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
52654 Experimental Media   6cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
52655 Media Arts Specialist Modules   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
52656 Creative Project Development   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
Spring session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
52657 Media Arts 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
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 24cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92067 Electives (8cp subjects) 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 are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework 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
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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