Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (BA(Adv) LLB(Hons))

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The double degree of Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Hons) offers students a unique insight into the sociology of crime and deviance and the operation of the Australian legal system, with particular strengths in criminal justice policy and practice. The double degree provides a broadly based liberal and academic education suitable for graduates who wish to become legal practitioners, or to pursue careers in government, commerce, industry, community organisations or academic institutions.

The program consists of compulsory courses in the disciplines of law and arts which provide students with a sound understanding of legal, humanities, and social science concepts, processes and methods. In addition, students choose from a range of elective courses in areas of specialised interest in both law and arts.
The Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Laws provides a deeper knowledge in a particular area of law, with a focus on high level research and writing skills. Students will develop a greater understanding of original research, and learn to construct, refine, develop and write a major research essay. Graduates with Honours will be particularly suited to careers involving research. The program is structured to incorporate a substantial research focus.

The Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4.5 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand a broad and coherent body of knowledge in selected disciplines and related inter-disciplinary topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences: 1.1 employ legal knowledge in a coherent and principled manner 1.2 use research skills to interrogate primary and secondary materials 1.3 analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex legal information 1.4 understand the concept of original research 1.5 develop a deep understanding of a particular area of law.
2. Apply creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems within complex social contexts: 2.1 use rigorous techniques of inquiry involving a variety of primary and secondary sources, culminating in a scaffolded research activity 2.2 critique the law from theoretical and practical perspectives 2.3 construct a theme for a research project, refine the theme through engaging in research, and develop an outline.
3. Communicate proficiently within discipline and professional contexts in a range of social, cultural and linguistic situations: 3.1 use a variety of spoken and written modes and formats including an extended dissertation and contribute productively to group-based outcomes 3.2 work independently on major research projects demonstrating a coherent and original argument.
4. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including: 4.1 information technology skills to access, store, manage analyse and present discipline-based information and data and to communicate effectively with others 4.2 life-long learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence 4.3 contextualised understanding of the broader role and significance of the Humanities and Arts 4.4 interact with colleagues and the public in an ethical, professional and safe manner.
5. Incorporate diverse perspectives into analysis of law: 5.1 appreciate the legal and ethical obligations governing lawyers in the practice of law 5.2 identify social, political, economic and cultural issues of crime and incorporate diverse perspectives into analysis of the law 5.3 identify social and cultural global issues and their ethical implications, and demonstrate the capacity to operate with personal and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
6. Appreciate and manage their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal and demonstrate respect and mutuality in sustaining productive relationships: 6.1 reflect on the impact of personal values, experiences and capacities on the performance of professional roles 6.2 use reflection and feedback to drive personal and professional development 6.3 manage a major project to timely completion.

The double degree of Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is not an entry program.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Condition of continuing enrolment: Students enrolled in this program must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 5.0 throughout their enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) or will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 108 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 63 units
  2. A major to the value of 24 units in Arts (27 units for the Mathematical Sciences major). Note that ARTS 3002 Arts Advanced Research Project substitutes for the 6-unit major capstone courses. Students will ensure that their research project addresses the discipline of their Arts major, either alone or in an interdisciplinary context. (For the purpose of the total unit requirement of the degree, ARTS 3002 is being double counted as a core course and part of the Arts major.)
  3. Elective courses to the value of 6 units, excluding courses offered by the Adelaide Law School (3 units if studying Mathematical Sciences major)
  4. Law closed elective courses to the value of 12 units
  5. Research dissertation courses to the value of 9 units