Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Laws (63Y)

Overview  2016

ATAR

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Duration

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Minimum 5 Years, up to a maximum of 11 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This on-campus 5-year full-time course is offered by the Faculty of Health Science and the Faculty of Law and is available at Hobart. The first year only is also offered at the Launceston and Cradle Coast campus. This course may be studied part-time.

The BPsychSc component of this combined degree is a specialist program with a broad vocational orientation. The program has been designed to equip graduates with knowledge and skills relevant to their intended careers by providing an opportunity to undertake a minor in relevant disciplines in conjunction with their psychology major. The BPsychSc component also provides preparation for further study in postgraduate programs such as counselling, criminology and corrections, health management, marketing, rehabilitation counselling, and social work, or in psychology.

The Bachelor of Laws component is the basic academic preparation for persons who wish to enter the legal profession and other careers involving legal work. The course also has wider applicability in developing the attributes and skills inherent in a general university education. Students develop the values and intellectual abilities necessary to marshal facts and to critically assess and evaluate information, theories and doctrines thus preparing themselves for a variety of career roles.

A degree in law is the first step towards entering the legal profession. After graduating from the University, a law student wishing to practise in Tasmania is required to undertake a 6 month Legal Practice course.

Graduates who completed the APAC accredited 3-year sequence in psychology will be eligible for entry the BPsychSc(Hons) program, the pathway to postgraduate professional training in clinical psychology and subsequent professional registration for practice as a psychologist.

The objectives of the combined degree courses are those of the component degrees. Reference should be made to the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Laws course entries.

Career outcomes

A law degree is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner. Today, however, employers from a widening range of disciplines value the skills that law graduates possess. A range of career choices lie open to law graduates as a solicitor, barrister, industry legal officer or ministerial adviser, as well as in legal aid, community legal centres, the Attorney-General's department, law reform commissions, consumer affairs, environment, foreign affairs, police, legal drafting, politics, banking, finance, journalism, publishing and teaching.

BPsychSc graduates have knowledge, analytical, research and interpersonal skills with a high degree of application in areas such as health, education, justice, welfare, business, employment and training. Students are able to structure their course to incorporate a major, minor or student electives in areas which suit their career choice, or to equip them for a range of career options. Graduates are also able to progress to postgraduate training and careers in professional areas, such as counselling, criminology and corrections, social work and psychology

Professional Recognition

The Law component meets the requirements of the accrediting body, the Tasmanian Board of Legal Education. After graduating from the University, a law student wishing to practise in Tasmania is required to undertake a 6 month Legal Practice course. Under the mutual recognition scheme, after gaining admission and obtaining a practising certificate in Tasmania lawyers can practise in another state of Australia without having to obtain a practising certificate in the latter jurisdiction.

International students should address such enquiries to the relevant authority in their home country.

The Psychology major in combination with a Psychological Science major meets the requirements for an APAC accredited 3-year sequence in psychology. Graduates completing this sequence will be eligible for entry to the BPsychSc(Hons) program, and subsequent progression to postgraduate professional training in clinical psychology and professional registration for practice as a psychologist.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Psychological Science-Bachelor of Laws is a five-year degree. Progression to Year 2 Law requires completion of 100pts (8 units) in first year Bachelor of Psychological Science component or another degree if appropriate units have been studied. The first year must include the units LAW121 and LAW122). For course structure purposes, this degree is regarded as following the Specialist 1 degree model.

Bachelor of Psychological Science component:

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science component, you study a major, minor and degree electives.

  • A Psychology major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced uns;
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate level units, chosen from a schedule of acceptable Bachelor of Psychological Science minors;
  • Degree electives: 4 units. LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems should be completed in your first year in the Bachelor of Psychological Science as student electives. In the combined degree, these units will count as 2 of your 4 degree electives. Choose the 2 remaining degree electives for the Psychological Science component of the combined degree. Students considering further study and a career in psychology need to complete a Psychological Science minor to be eligible to progress to Psychology Honours and postgraduate professional training.

Bachelor of Laws component:

In the Bachelor of Laws component,

you take two majors of 8 units each and 8 additional advanced level units. Students commence the majors in the Bachelor of Laws component at intermediate level and consequently are required to complete 4 units at intermediate level for the requirements for each major within this degree.

  • Students studying a Law combined degree are required to substitute one advanced level unit from the other discipline of the combined degree for one non-core Law unit.
  • The Mooting unit must be taken in the final year of study

Only units from the schedules below fulfil the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws component of the degree, as approved by the University and the accrediting body, the Tasmanian Board of Legal Education.

Within the Law component and over Years 2-5 you must pass a total of 300 credit points (24 units) comprising: 19 compulsory core units (including LAW455 Mooting) and 5 Law Advanced Choices units (electives).

Year 1

To give students a "feel" for the study of the law. This includes understanding approaches to legal problems and issues, classification of various areas of the law, skills that need to be developed to study law, the scope and dynamics…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides an introductory overview of the interplay between the various legal systems of the world: Common Law, Civil Law, Customary Law and Religious Law, and the role that Public International Law plays in unifying these domestic systems. This…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2

Semester 1

This unit introduces students to the reasoning techniques used by judges and lawyers to deal with problems governed by statute and common law, taught how to replicate some of these techniques to solve legal problems and encouraged to consider why…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Develops an understanding of the broader law of private obligations by introducing students to its historical foundations and basic doctrinal elements, including aspects of contract, equity, tort and property.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Semester 2

Building on preliminary examination of the law of private obligations introduced in LAW252 Foundations of Private Law, the Law of Contract develops an understanding of the law of contract and the enforceability of contractual obligations in the contemporary contexts of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Builds on preliminary examination of the law of private obligations introduced in Law252 Foundations of Private Law by targeting the law of torts. The unit provides students with a comprehensive survey of the principal causes of action in the law…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 3

Semester 1

The unit aims to introduce students to the study of Public Law and to introduce major themes and ideas which are relevant to both Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Major themes running through the course will be the use of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

International law permeates most areas of Australian law and it is therefore essential for law graduates to have a solid grounding in the sources and methodology of international law. This unit aims to facilitate students' development of an understanding of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Semester 2

Provides a critical overview of the general principles of administrative law as they operate in areas such as judicial review, merits review, Ombudsman and Freedom of Information. Topics that may be covered, at a general level, in the course include…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Builds upon the introductory principles and basic constitutional law institutional and procedural features of Australian and State constitutions covered in LAW253 Foundations of Public Law. Provides a detailed exposition and analysis of High Court jurisprudence and associated issues arising from…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 4

Semester 1

Today, the richest 1% of adults will own more than 50% of global wealth. Indeed the 85 richest individuals will have more wealth than the poorest 50% of the world's population. But does property law facilitate this and encourage this…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Criminal law is a necessary cornerstone of a law student's legal education because there are few areas of law that do not incorporate criminal offences as one of the arms of regulation of conduct. Criminal Law A provides an introduction…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit builds on students' existing understanding of the law of private obligations by focusing on the obligations stemming from the law of equity and trusts. The unit includes analysis of the creation, content and consequences of the trust as…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Choose one Advanced level unit from the other (non-Law) component
Semester 2

The corporation has huge economic and legal significance. Given this significance, an understanding of the role of the corporation in society and its relationship to the community, shareholders, creditors, the regulator, and other stakeholders is critical. The unit outlines the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit builds on Criminal Law A. It continues the study of general principles of the criminal law. The following crimes are studied in some depth: homicide, drug offences, serious driving offences and property offences. As with Criminal Law A,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Choose two Law elective units from the list below

Year 5

Semester 1

This course imparts a basic understanding of the principles and rules relating to the law of evidence in both criminal and civil proceedings. It aims to develop an appreciation of the determinative role that the rules of evidence can have…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Conveys to students the onerous legal and ethical responsibilities that are cast on lawyers by virtue of their position and role in society. The unit deals with the lawyer's duty to her or his clients, to the administration of justice,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Introduces students to moral debates about what the content of the law ought to be and to some of the major theories of law, such as Natural Law, Positivism and Realism and some of the most influential modern theories, including…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Choose one elective unit from the list below
Semester 2

This Unit will examine how civil litigation is commenced, managed and finalised. The primary content focus will be the rules and practices of civil procedure in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the Federal Court of Australia. The international context…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Consolidates students' understanding of the law of private obligations by examining the remedial responses to a breach of private law obligations, including breach of equitable, contractual, tortuous and statutory obligations. Practical skills include legal problem solving, legal reasoning and research.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Students are required to participate in a moot in the final year of their degree. Moots are held in both first and second semesters and require attendance at the Supreme Court of Tasmania, at least two lectures and meetings with…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Choose two elective units from the list below

Students in combined degrees with Law must complete a total of 5 Law electives units from the following list:

This unit introduces individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship with a focus on the balance of rights and duties between an employer and an employee. In particular, students will be encouraged to explore the extent to which an…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Inquires into the theoretical and practical aspects of governmental intervention of commerce. The particular emphasis is on the regulation of anti-competitive behaviour as determined by Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Clth). The lectures touch upon the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Considers the public international law aspects of the law of the sea and the Antarctic continent. The unit examines the Antarctic Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Australia's maritime zones of jurisdiction and international…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Areas of Law not covered in LAW305 Corporations Law 1 are analysed in this unit - with particular emphasis on those aspects related to the larger public corporation. This includes an examination of the structure and market for corporate control…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit examines controversial and topical issues in contemporary public international law including --the role of international politics and international relations in the process of international law, the impact of the United Nations Organisation, current trends in regionalism, the development…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Explores in greater depth the principles examined in LAW204 and considers important aspects of review of administrative action not covered in that unit. Alternative extrajudicial review systems, including Ombudsmen, independent appeal tribunals and internal review systems are examined as well…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The focus in this course will be on the international law and policy relating to the environment. The course aims to provide an understanding of key concepts in this area of international law through case studies in substantive areas as…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will focus on the main features and institutions of legal systems. The content will take a historic and comparative approach to the main legal systems, namely, the common law and civil law systems, focusing more primarily on the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Designed to provide law students and biotechnology students with an overview of the major legal issues being encountered by participants in the biotechnology industry in both the public and the private sector, including scientists, lawyers, company executives, clinicians, regulators and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This course will explore the underpinnings of property law and the divergent cultural, social and political views related to the acquisition of property by discovery, capture and creation that are drawn into the efforts to answer the basic question, "What…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

International Law purports to regulate military force in two key ways. The first we refer to as the jus ad bellum - the legal regulation of the circumstances in which resort to military force is justified. The heated public debate…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit involves the development of advanced writing, editing and administrative skills in the production of a high quality peer reviewed Law Journal - the University of Tasmania Law Review (UTLR) or Journal of Information & Science (JLIS). Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The inexorable connection between Australian society and sport is undeniable. This unit examines how legal principles are modified or applied in a way that is often innovative and unusual when placed in a sporting context. Not only will the underlying…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces students to the laws and conventions that regulate the parliamentary process. It will cover a range of topics including the processes undertaken to introduce legislation, the positives and negatives of the current electoral system and elections,, parliamentary…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides a theoretical framework to enable an understanding of the practical skills of advocacy. It provides law students and others with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills towards all aspects of effective advocacy as a…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Animals have been intimately involved with the human race for millennia. The use of animals has evolved from hunting for food, through their employment for motive power, to the present day, where animal use and relationships include companionship, providing food,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Recently, there has been an increase in holding individuals accountable for atrocities like genocide and war crimes. This unit examines the laws governing trial processes at the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Examines the theory of human rights and their development in international law and application to Australian domestic law. A consideration is made of the basic principles, instruments and issues in international human rights law. A study is conducted of United…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Covers the following topics: (a) Origins and framework of the EU: Treaty of Rome. Merger of early Communities/EU Institutions (Court, Council, Commission, Parliament); (b) EU Law making: by treaty, regulation, directive, decision, incorporation into member states' legal systems (Doctrine of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is directed towards the preparation of a University team to participate in the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Participation is limited to between 3 and 5 students and is by application and a competitive selection…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The unit seeks an understanding of the nature of crime, its incidence, explanations for it and society's response to it in its historical, social and political context. Studies cover: the phenomenon of crime, why some forms of conduct are criminalised;…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This course explores the legal and policy context in which some of Australia's most challenging environmental controversies arise. It introduces students to the framework for national and international environmental regulation using a range of topical issues and case studies. These…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces law students to a variety of non-judicial dispute resolution processes.This unit introduces students to the theories, principles, practices and laws relating to dispute resolution. It covers a variety of dispute resolution methods including negotiation, mediation, conciliation and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This foundational environmental law unit provides the core of UTAS's environmental law program. The unit caters both to students seeking a concise introduction to the subject-matter, as part of a well-rounded legal education for professional practice, as well as students…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The governance of business corporations is one of the most pressing challenges for all societies. Corporations are engines of economic development and prosperity, yet also are sometimes implicated in concerns relating to human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and other…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Arbitration has become the dispute resolution forum of choice in international commerce and trade, often lauded as more efficient and effective than cross-border litigation. In recent years however, studies have increasingly put such assumptions to the test, with mixed results.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Investigates the common law and statutory controls over the broadcasting, print and online media in Australia. The unit examines legal and economic aspects of the regulatory regimes which apply to the media, including issues of licensing, ownership and control. Legal…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This subject examines the major legal and policy issues relating to Australian citizenship and migration law. The subject begins with an historical background to immigration in Australia and an overview of the legislative framework. The subject will identify the role…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Climate change poses enormous challenges for Australia and the international community. The level of warming already in the climate system means that law and policymakers must deal with dual policy imperatives – to manage the now-unavoidable impacts of climate change,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Sex Crimes and Criminals is an applied, interdisciplinary unit taught by criminal lawyers, psychologists and criminologists. It examines the nature and prevalence of sex crimes, impacts upon survivors ('victims') and the profiles of sex offenders. The unit explores key challenges…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Water law is somewhat unusual among areas of natural resources law because the law governing ownership, allocation, and use of water differs tremendously depending on the natural hydrological conditions of particular places. This course will explore how place and hydrology,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Involves the study of the taxation of income under the Income Tax Assessment Acts. The unit provides an understanding of the assessment of income tax adequate for those not planning on specialising in income tax practice. The unit is divided…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will deal with international trade law developed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including case studies involving the trade and environment interface and trade-human rights issues as well as the dispute settlement system.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides an overview of the major forms of intellectual property protection. The unit covers the statutory systems of copyright, trade marks and patents as well as related areas including passing off and the protection provided by Australian Consumer Law.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Recognises the development of consumer protection law as a discrete area of study and practice, largely as a consequence of statutory initiatives. The unit specifically focuses on the Australian Consumer Law with some reference to consumer protection in respect of…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Provides an overview of the legal issues arising in the online environment. The unit covers internet crime and other crimes facilitated by the internet, offensive content, electronic commerce, including privacy, consumer protection, and establishing contracts over the internet, jurisdiction and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Since the establishment by the UN Security Council of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 1993, the pace of development in the International Criminal Law has been breathtaking. The new international institutions - the two adhoc international…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The aim of this unit is to explore some key issues of principle in criminal justice, examining aspects of the criminal law and wider developments in criminal justice. Three clusters will provide the focus of the unit. The first cluster…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Allows students to undertake a sustained piece of research under the supervision of a member of staff. There are no classes as such; teaching takes place through the interaction between the student and staff member. Students select their own research…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Examines the legal relationships arising out of the family (with the exception of financial relationships which are dealt with in LAW682 Family 2 -- Financial Aspects of Family Law). Topics covered in this unit include marriage, nullity, and divorce; the…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Gives students an understanding of the financial aspects of family law. Topics covered include the areas of maintenance, property division, financial agreements and child support. The position of both married and non-married couples will be considered. Students will be encouraged…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Gives a general coverage of the law relating to succession to property on death. Topics include: the law relating to intestacy; the execution, revocation, alteration and republication of wills; the legal and equitable doctrines relating to testamentary gifts; the powers,…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Conflicts, also known as Private International Law, looks at the unique legal problems that arise when a court must decide a case which involves an element of foreign law. The foreign element may arise either out of a connection with…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Seeks (a) an understanding of the law relating to sentencing of offenders and the range, nature and efficacy of sentencing options; and (b) to evaluate critically sentencing law and policy. The unit studies the law and practice governing the sentencing…

Credit Points: 12.5

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In the last twenty years many regimes have changed. The first important wave of this phenomenon occurred in Eastern Europe in 1989. Beyond Europe, similar developments have occurred in States such as East Timor, Abkhazia South Ossetia and, most recently,…

Credit Points: 12.5

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This unit examines the relationship of law and ethics to the delivery of health care and the conduct of biomedical research. The unit takes an international comparative approach with particular reference to law, policy and current issues in Australia, the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

Assessment of applications will be based on academic merit, taking into consideration previous university studies.

The four methods of entry are:

Direct Entry (for Year 12 leavers only)
To be qualified for University entry with a ATAR score of 90 or above (limited places available in this entry category). This pathway guarantees a place in the course, but progression to Year 2 Law is subject to passing all eight units in the first year of their BPsychSci component, including the units LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems (or the academic equivalent.); or

Standard Entry (for Year 12 leavers only)
To be qualified for University entry with a ATAR score of 65-89.99. Students should be aware that progression into Year 2 of this course is not guaranteed. Progression to Year 2 Law is limited to 200 places. Students will be ranked on the basis of their performance in the first year of studies.Should you not be successful in progressing to Year 2, you will be transferred to a BPsychSci - the Bachelor degree related to your first year studies; or

Alternative Entry
A first year (8 units, 100 pts) in another faculty, which includes the units LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems (or the academic equivalent); or

Graduate Entry
An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent.

All students must pass all eight units in the first year of their BPsychSci component, including the units LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems (or the academic equivalent.), before being eligible to progress to Year 2 Law studies.

English Language Requirement: IELTS Score 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0); TOEFL (PBT) 600 TWE 4.5; TOEFL (IBT) 92 (no score below 20); PTE Academic 58 with no score lower than 50; UTAS DEAP Overall 65% (Writing 60%).

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

2016 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $25,500 AUD.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA for 2016 is $290 AUD.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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