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Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations/Bachelor of Laws - 228JA

Course Code: 228JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): School of Law & Justice
Discipline of Communication and Media
UAC Code: 363086
CRICOS Code: 077626G
ATAR 60
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.

Promote your legal skills in a range of communication sectors

Ensure your entry into the dizzying world of PR practise is truly advantageous with a Double Degree that will develop your conceptual understanding of ethical practice, and grant you access to employer sectors such as in government agencies, community groups or in corporate businesses.

With a strong commercial orientation, your law studies will give you a firm grounding in a range of disciplines like contract, corporation, property and equity law, and (along with an industry-centric internship) arm you with the tools you’ll need to succeed in a legal communication environment.

And if you decide the law sector is definitively where you want to be, you’ll be qualified for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (and possibly nail your admission into the UK and the US). Professional career OS anyone?

Combine a Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations / Bachelor of Laws at UC and you will:

  • develop the skills and knowledge to operate as an entry-level public relations practitioner
  • gain a well-rounded understanding of the social, political and cultural domestic and global contexts in which public relations is practised
  • develop your conceptual and practical understanding of ethical practice, social responsibility and the legal frameworks of public relations
  • have a theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession
  • gain an understanding of media research methods and the ability to apply these to research tasks.

Work-integrated learning

In this course, you can undertake a workplace internship as part of the Faculty of Business, Government & Law’s commitment to supporting work integrated learning, which will enhance your employability and ensure you’re armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to take a super-confident leap into your future career.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations / Bachelor of Laws graduates in a range of sectors, including in:

  • Public Relations
  • Government Departments and Agencies
  • Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations
  • Corporate Businesses 
  • Private Practitioner
  • Solicitor
  • Legal Officer
  • Community Lawyer.

Course specific information

Applicants must attain the published ATAR score or its equivalent. Students who fail to make the initial entrance score may undertake another UC course and enrol in the Law Foundation Major. Upon achieving a credit average in their first year of study students may then seek transfer into the formal Law program.

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN 1800 864 226
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email bglstudent@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Attainment of the published ATAR or its equivalent. Note students who fail to make the initial ATAR entrance score may undertake another UC course and enrol in the Law Foundation Major. Upon achieving a credit average in their first year of study students may seek transfer into the formal Law program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Refer to individual courses.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2017 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2018 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Laws LLB
Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations BComm PubRel

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations Bachelor of Laws

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2018 CSP $27,660

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

This program is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the State of New South Wales. Through mutual recognition, UC?s degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

Through a program offered in conjunction with the College of Law, students may (in their final year of the Bachelor of Laws at UC) begin their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course that qualifies for them for admission. Arrangements exist for students to articulate into programs leading to admission in the UK and the United States.


High achieving students may also be eligible for enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
That students graduate with:
1. A well-rounded understanding of the social, political and cultural domestic and global contexts in which public relations is practised.
Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
2. The skills and knowledge to operate as an entry-level public relations practitioner Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
3. An understanding of the theoretical principles that apply to modern public relations practice. Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
4. A conceptual and practical understanding of ethical practice, social responsibility and legal frameworks for public relations Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
5. Experience in a professional public relations environment through a compulsory internship. Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
6. An understanding of, and basic competence in, media research methods and the ability to apply these to research tasks Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
7. An understanding of the principles of risk and crisis and of political communication in the context of professional practice Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
8. High level written and oral communication skills, the ability to think critically and the capacity to identify, analyse and use information relevant to professional practice Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
9. Graduates will have a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession or undertaking other careers involving legal work. The course will provide students with a program of study and learning to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to legal practice. Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
10. Students will also undertake an in depth study of selected areas of law, including the Priestly 11 units, and in chosen law electives, with an emphasis on commercial law and/or justice studies. Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism
11. In addition to the above, students graduating with Honours will have developed the ability to independently identify and provide solutions to complex legal problems. Communication, Analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism

Course Duration

Standard ten semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty-four semesters.

Honours

The degree of Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with first or second class honours. Requirements are specified in the Determination of Course Particulars for the Bachelor of Laws. (i) To be eligible to undertake studies at honours level, a student must achieve at least a credit average in all law units undertaken at the University of Canberra, this being determined by averaging their scores in all eligible subjects. Eligible Units: Eligible Units are those which count towards the Entry GPA and Honours GPA. Eligible Units are: - Any Law unit done which counts towards your LLB (i.e., not the subjects going only towards the non-law degree if you are enrolled in a double degree. If you are enrolled in a straight LLB, your open electives are not counted). - This includes Units for which you receive Advanced Standing, whether done at UC or elsewhere. - Where you have done extra subjects which may count, e.g. more than the required amount of law electives, your best results will be counted. (ii) Law Honours has 12 credit points of research-related units. These are made up of: - Legal Methods and Skills (3cp) - Advanced Legal Research and Writing (Honours) (3cp) - Law Honours (6cp) (iii) The degree of Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with first or second class honours. Following submission of an Honours thesis as part of the unit Law Honours, students must show a Good performance by receiving a minimum of a Credit in the 6 credit point restricted choice unit Law Honours. Calculating the final class of honours: Law degrees with Honours are awarded in the following classes depending on the Honours GPA obtained and the standard of the Honours Thesis. First Class: Showing an exceptional performance by both an Honours GPA of at least 6 and a mark of 80 and above in the honours component of your assessment Second Class - Division I: Showing a Very Good performance by both an Honours GPA of at least 5.5 and a mark of 73 and above in the honours component of your assessment Second Class - Division II: Showing a Good performance by both an Honours GPA of at least 5 and a mark of 65 and above in the Honours component of your assessment Calculating the Honours GPA GPAs are calculated by using the University?s system. The Unit Law Honours will be weighted as 30% for the purposes of calculating the Honours GPA. Units used in the Honours GPA are as described in ?Eligible units? above for entry to the Honours component of the course. Note that marks are not automatically rounded up for purposes of Honours. Thus 4.99 does not become 5.00. Where your final mark is within two marks of the next level of honours, or of achieving honours at all (e.g. a 4.8 is rounded up to 5.0), you can apply in writing to have your honours result upgraded. This will be determined by the Law Program Manager and the Law Honours Unit Convener, taking into account your academic record and any mitigating circumstances which may have affected your academic performance.

Offerings

  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

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