University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations

Course code/s: LWLINT Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLINT
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 075231J
Course Duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 600
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations is a five year combined degree providing an accredited professional qualification in Law as well as a degree in International Relations. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. It includes all the compulsory Law subjects required by the Victorian Law Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession in Victoria and a wide range of Law electives, including subjects complementary to International Relations such as Human Rights Law, Public International Law or an approved subject from the Master of Laws. The Bachelor of International Relations gives you a comprehensive understanding of the political, strategic, economic, cultural, legal and organisational dynamics that shape international affairs. It is taught by passionate academics with extensive experience in policy development and implementation and aims to prepare students for a career in a globalised economy. You can start to specialise in subjects related to a specific geographic region (e.g. Europe or Asia) or a particular field (e.g. diplomacy of economics, environmental politics, security, conflict resolution. Subject to approval, students may also complete a work-integrated learning subject, Professional Competency in Transition to the Workplace, which allows a placement in an Australian government or non-government organisation. This double degree will provide you with the skills to work with organisations within international politics or as a lawyer in the public, private or community sector.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

For the Bachelor of Laws Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), please see the entry in this Handbook for Bachelor of Laws LVLUE (Melbourne). For Bachelor of International Relations CILOs please see the entry for Bachelor of International Relations ABIR (Melbourne) in this Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are VCE units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English

Degree Requirements

Students must:

  • complete a total of at least five years of full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory Law subjects and International Relations subjects
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law and a minimum of 240 credit points in International Relations subjects)
  • complete a total of 24 subjects in Law (18 compulsory subjects and six electives, including at least two electives from a specified list)
  • complete a total of 16 International Relations subjects including at least 90 credit points at third year level comprising
    • core subjects (30 credit points at first year, 30 credit points at second year and 15 credit points at third year)
    • elective subjects from an elective list at each year level (45 credit points at first year, 45 credit points at second year and 60 credit points at third year)
    • one third year elective subject from Humanities and Social Sciences

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Laws - Bachelor of International Relations (LWLINT) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 131 KB]

First year

Semester 1 POL1ISP LAW1DR LAW1LIM OPTION
Bachelor of International Relations Induction Seminars* Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods First year elective subject from International Relations list provided
Semester 2 POL1SNS LAW1CRL LAW1PPL OPTION
States, Security and International Relations Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law First year elective subject from International Relations list provided

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law First year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15 cps) Choose 1 from List A (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL OPTION OPTION
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Second year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15 cps) Choose 1 from List A (15 cps)

List A

List A
POL2DPS (S2) Deliberations, Participation, Statecraft
POL2TWP (S2) Theories of World Politics
POL2IOL (S1) International Law and Organisations
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subjects webpage for further details.

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL OPTION OPTION
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Second year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15cps) Second year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15cps)
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION OPTION
Civil Procedure Real Property Law Third year Law elective subject from law list provided (15 cps) Third year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15 cps)

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure One Law elective (15 cps) One Law elective from law list provided (15 cps) Third year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW3ADN POL3IPP OPTION OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Issues in World Politics One Law elective from law list provided (15 cps) Third year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15 cps)

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts One Law elective from law list provided (15 cps) Third year elective subject from International Relations list provided (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION OPTION
Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct One Law elective from law list provided (15 cps) Third year elective subject from Humanities and Social Sciences (15 cps)

Law Electives

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the Law Electives page. Please see the University's Subject Search guide for electives offered in 2018. 

Discipline electives

First year discipline electives

International Relations Electives Subjects
POL1AUP (S1) Democracies and Dictatorships: Introduction to Politics
POL1PPE (S1) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
SOC1SAC (S1) Society and Culture: Intoduction to Sociology
AST1IJI (S2) Introduction to Asia: Japan and Indonesia
LST1LOJ (S1) Law and (Dis)Order
HUS1MAP (S2) Mapping the World: Visualising and Understanding Space in the Past and Present
ECO1RIG (S1 or S2) Recessions, Inflation and Economic Growth
PHI1CRT (S2) Critical Thinking (online)
ANT1CAG (S1) Culture and Globalisation: Introduction to Anthropology
DST1DEV (S2) Globalisation and Development
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2


Second year discipline electives

International Relations Electives Subjects
PHI2MMW (S1) Making of the Modern Western View
POL2NAS (S1) Nations and States
HIS2NCA Nations, Empires and Citizens: Europe and the World (not offered in 2018)
POL2DDA (S1) The Politics of International Human Rights
POL2CPA (S2) Contemporary Politics of Northeast Asia
POL2RAP (S2) Democracy, Citizenship and Representation 
AST2MMA (S2) The Making of Modern Asia
HIS2NGE (S2) Nazi Germany and Europe: The Era of Hitler, Churchill and Stalin 1918-45
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Third year Discipline Electives

International Relations Electives Subjects
POL3AAW Australian Foreign Policy (not offered in 2018)
POL3MSS Borders, Boats and Barricades: The Politics of International Migration (not offered in 2018)
AST3CIA (S1) Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia
ANT3CAE (S1) Culture and Environment: Anthropological Approaches to Environmental Issues
POL3IPC (S1) International Politics of Climate Change (online)
HIS3AAW (S2) Australians at War in the Twentieth Century
POL3DOP Doing Politics (not offered in 2018)
EST3ECC (S2) Ethnic and Civil Conflict in Southern Europe and Cyprus
POL3HON (S1) Politics in our Time
POL3PCW (S1,S2) Professional Competence: Transition to the Workplace (30 cps)*

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

* Students taking POL3PCW are required to attend a number of workshops in the semester prior to their enrolment to assist on arranging a placement.

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subjects webpage for further details.

 

Honours

You may be permitted to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of your Law studies. Normally an average grade of B+ over two full-time years of Law study is required. Honours comprises a research component and a compulsory research seminar. You must complete a 10,000 word thesis (which takes the place of two Law electives) on a topic to be approved by the Honours Research and Graduate Studies Committee. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. You must attend ten sessions and are required to present a paper on your individual research project.

Students invited to enrol in Honours in International Relations must complete a further full-time year of study. For further information, please consult the relevant entry for the Bachelor of International Relations in this Handbook.

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