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CL51 - Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) double degree is a multidisciplinary qualification designed to enable you to gain entry into the legal and psychology professions. During your legal studies you will learn about legal procedures and key legislation, develop skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate facts in relation to legal frameworks. The core areas of the law degree match those required for admission to the legal profession including statutory interpretation, criminal law and procedure, contracts, torts, constitutional law, equity, administrative law, property, company law, evidence, professional responsibility and civil procedure. During your psychology studies you will develop a broad knowledge of the discipline of psychology and its applications, including major theoretical perspectives within the discipline. In addition, you will have knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the scientific discipline of psychology and the research methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. You will be able to apply that knowledge when undertaking research activities. Choosing to study this double degree will put you on the cutting edge of law and psychology with the appropriate skills to carry you forward into the careers of the future.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Laws prepares graduates for a career as a legal professional. Aside from the traditional roles as a solicitor, barrister or in-house counsel, a law degree is useful for careers in academia, business, the public service and politics.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) prepares you for further study, such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) should you wish to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Further study must be completed in order to become a registered psychologist. Without further study you may choose a career path that requires a sound understanding of human behavior such as: human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education.

Course Details
Duration 4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 216
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Double Degree
Qualification (post nominal) BLLB BSc(Psych)
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Online - 856505
  • VIC - Online - 1700110691
  • NSW - Online - 160122
  • WA - Online - 150122
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

English (4,SA) or equivalent.

Security Requirements
None.
Health Requirements
None.
Assumed Knowledge

English

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CG98 - Bachelor of Laws
Exit Awards CG98 - Bachelor of Laws
Professional Accreditation

Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland

The degree is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession. Graduates are also required to undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner.

APAC accreditation has been granted for recognition of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) as a three year undergraduate degree in Psychology. Please note that completion of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) does not meet the minimum requirement for provisional registration as a practicing Psychologist, for which a 4th year of accredited study is required.

Learned Society Accreditiation

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Bar Association of Queensland

It is also possible with the added completion of a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice to seek admission to the legal profession in any Australian State or Territory.

Students and Graduates may be eligible for Student membership or Affiliate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

LAWS13020 - CQUniversity discipline of law has fully mapped its curriculum to include experiential learning opportunities in numerous subjects. These opportunities focus on skills development and include: • Simulations - moots, branching simulations, role plays • Drafting legal documents • Client interviewing exercises • Developing legal apps • Emerging Clinical programs - embedded within individual units, as digitally badged experiences, probono community service opportunities and where possible work placements (organised by students). CQUniversity is also entering into a Work Experience Placement Program at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Some CQUniversity law subjects have assessment options which enable students to organise and gain recognition of physical placements in legal firms, with barristers and in government legal agencies. The reason these work placements are optional is that the majority of the student body studies part-time online. Placements need to match the flexibility requirements of students. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc (CQCLC). The CQCLC is a community-based, government funded organisation which provides free legal advice and minor assistance to members of the community who may not otherwise be able to access or afford such assistance. The initiative involves the introduction into the CQCLC of CQU law student probono volunteers, both in person and online, supervised by CQU staff with the intention of expanding the course into distance advice if the initial trial is satisfactory. It is intended that all CQUniversity law students will have the opportunity to be involved with this course. Should this initiative prove successful it will be rolled out to further rural and regional community legal centres.
LAWS12073 - Students will undertake a three-week legal humanitarian mission to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in conjunction with the organisation Antipodeans. Prior to the overseas humanitarian mission, students will study appropriate aspects of international humanitarian law; appropriate aspects of Cambodian law and culture; and will develop practical skills necessary to support their overseas mission. Upon return to Australia, students will undertake an analysis and presentation of their accomplishment. Students will be assessed prior to departing to Cambodia; continuously during the placement period; and on the basis of their contribution to a final group presentation.

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 5
Second year 5
Third Year 5
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Knowledge Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: (a) the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, (b) the broader contexts within which legal issues arise, and (c) the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles. Examples: Indigenous case studies, Intercultural perspectives, International perspectives, Comparative law.
  • 2. Ethics and Professional Responsibility Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate: (a) an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, (b) an ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, (c) an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community, and (d) a developing ability to exercise professional judgement. Example: Plagiarism.
  • 3. Thinking skills Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to: (a) identify and articulate legal issues, (b) apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues, (c) engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, and (d) think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses. Examples: Thinking critically, Thinking creatively, Reflecting on your work, Reasoning skills, Answering problem questions, and Exam preparation and practice.
  • 4. Research Skills Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues. Examples: Embarking on research, Using a law library, Sources of law, Citing legal authorities, Using law books, Using legal journals, Using legal databases, Using reference materials, and Scientific thinking.
  • 5. Communication and Collaboration Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to: (a) communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and (b) collaborate effectively. Examples: Making presentations, Client interviewing, Mooting, Negotiation, Mediation, Public speaking, Drafting, Legal Clinic (Pro Bono Law Centre), Teamwork, Relationship building, and Adaptability.
  • 6. Self-management Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to: (a) learn and work independently, and (b) reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development. Examples: Time management, Project management, Note taking, and Contributing to course.
  • 7. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Evaluate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in core topics of psychology
  • 8. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Apply knowledge of psychological phenomena in a variety of contexts, including the levels of individuals, groups and organisations
  • 9. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Apply a methodical-rational/scientific approach to the solution of research problems through the use of appropriate research methods and statistical analyses in a variety of contexts
  • 10. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Communicate effectively through written reports, essays, group work and oral presentations, demonstrating the ability to construct coherent, persuasive and well supported arguments that draw together independent strands
  • 11. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims while showing an awareness of ethical, professional and social responsibility and an understanding of indigenous, social and cultural diversity in the interpretation of findings
  • 12. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, evidenced by reflection on personal and professional development through self-assessment of abilities, achievements and motivation.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 26 Total credit points: 156

Both the Law and Business degrees have core components. Law has 19 core units. Psychology has 7 compulsory core units. A total of 26 core units, each being 6 cp = 156 cps. The total credit points for the dual degree is 24 units of Law (144 cps) and 12 units of Psychology (72 cps) making a total of 36 units (216 cps).

NOTE: To meet the course’s psychology study requirements of a total of 60 units of credit (10 units) at Level two and three as detailed above, students must undertake 2 additional units from the Level 2 or Level 3 unit options as listed above.

  • Psychology units undertaken must include 12 units of credit (2 units) at Level 1, at least 24 units of credit (4 units) at Level 2 and at least 24 units of credit (4 units) at Level 3 - of which PSYC11008, PSYC11009, PSYC12047, PSYC12048, PSYC13015, PSYC13017 and PSYC13020 are compulsory.
  • You must undertake at least 60 units of credit (10 units) at level 2 and Level 3 in Psychology combined.
  • Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non eligibility to graduate.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LAWS11057 Introduction to Law
LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation
LAWS11060 Criminal Law
LAWS11061 Contract A
LAWS11062 Contract B
LAWS11063 Torts A
LAWS11064 Torts B
LAWS11065 Constitutional Law
LAWS12056 Equity
LAWS12060 Trusts
LAWS12061 Administrative Law
LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law
LAWS12066 Land Law
LAWS12072 Legal Research
LAWS13009 Corporations Law
LAWS13010 Evidence and Proof
LAWS13013 Legal Professional Conduct
LAWS13016 Jurisprudence
LAWS13017 Civil Procedure
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
PSYC12047 Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYC12048 Research Methods
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment

Law electives. Choose 5 from the following list of units.

Available units
Students must complete 5 from the following units:
LAWS12059 Conveyancing
LAWS12062 Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAWS12063 Advanced Statutory Interpretation and Drafting
LAWS12064 Legal Advocacy
LAWS12067 Environmental Law
LAWS12068 Intellectual Property Law
LAWS12069 e-Law
LAWS12070 Public International and Human Rights Law
LAWS12071 Australian Employment Law
LAWS12073 Legal Engagement Placement
LAWS13011 Family Law
LAWS13012 Succession
LAWS13014 Revenue Law
LAWS13015 Principles of Commercial Law
LAWS13018 Australian Consumer Law
LAWS13019 Legal Apps
LAWS13020 Legal Professional Portfolio

Psychology Level 2 electives. Choose 2 from the following list of units.

Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12014 Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology

Psychology Level 3 electives. Choose 1 from the following list of units.

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13021 Forensic Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
PSYC13023 Educational Psychology
PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology
PSYC13025 Applied Sports Psychology

NOTE: To meet the course’s psychology study requirements of a total of 60 units of credit (10 units) at Level two and three as detailed above, students must undertake 2 additional units from the Level 2 or Level 3 unit options as listed above.

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