University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course code/s: LWLPSB Bendigo

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLPSB LWLPS
Available to International Students No No
CRICOS NA
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 Psychological Science is a five year combined degree providing a professional qualification in Law as well as a degree in Psychology. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. Students undertake their first two years of full-time study at Bendigo Campus and then normally transfer into the equivalent combined degree program at Melbourne Campus, where they complete the remainder of their course. At Bendigo, law lectures in the first eight core subjects are normally provided online with face-to-face tutorials or seminars in all core subjects. However, students who wish to remain in Bendigo are offered the ability to complete their later year core law subjects and a limited number of law electives through blended learning and some face-to-face delivery. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter semesters. The program includes all the compulsory law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession in Victoria and a wide range of law electives (in Melbourne), many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy, and Negotiation. It also includes a compulsory specialised law subject relevant to Psychology, Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility. For further information about law electives, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in this Handbook. The Bachelor of Psychological Science degree provides students with broad knowledge and skills in Psychology as well as biological and social aspects of behaviour but does not qualify a graduate to work as a psychologist.

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 Psychological Science CILOs please see the entry for Bachelor of Psychological Science SBPSB 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.

Course 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
  • complete in sequence the compulsory Psychology subjects
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law, 225 credit points in Psychology and 15 credit points in either Psychology or other approved free electives counting towards Psychology)
  • complete a total of 24 subjects in Law (19 compulsory subjects and 5 electives) and 16 Psychology subjects

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

Students will complete eight core Law subjects and eight Psychology subjects at Bendigo. Then normally complete the remainder of their program at Melbourne (years three – five). Prior to transfer, students can also enrol in law electives at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter semesters and may be able to complete one law clinic placement subject at Bendigo LAW2RRJ.

First Year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM PSY1EFP PSY1HPM
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science History, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychological Science
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL PSY1CFP STA1PSY
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law Clinical Foundations of Psychological Science Statistics for Psychology

Second Year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT PSY2PRM PSY2COG
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Psychological Research Methods Cognition
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL PSY2DEV PSY2ACH
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Developmental Psychology Abnormal, Clinical and Health Psychology

Third Year [following transfer to Melbourne]

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL OPTION PSY3PAS
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Law Elective (15 cps) Psychological Assessment
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT LAW3MDC PSY2SOC
Civil Procedure Real Property Law Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility Social Psychology

Fourth Year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP OPTION PSY3RPA OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure Law Elective (15 cps) Research project in Psychology A Level year 1, 2 or 3 Psychology elective or an approved free elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW3ADN OPTION PSY3PIN PSY3RPB
Principles of Administrative Law Law Elective (15 cps) Psychological Interventions Research Project in Psychology B

Fifth Year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Law Elective (15 cps) Third Year Psychology Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION OPTION
Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct Law Elective (15 cps) Third Year Psychology Elective (15 cps)

Elective Law Subjects

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the heading ‘Law Electives’ in this Handbook for LVLGE Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry (Melbourne). Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2017.

Elective Psychology Subjects

For elective Psychology subjects, refer to lists under the Bachelor of Psychological Science (RBBS) entry in this Handbook. Note that  PSY3HAR, PSY3CNN, and PSY3ASD are offered as electives in odd-numbered years and PSY3RTP, PSY3NBC, and PSY3CCG are offered in even-numbered years. Students will not be able to take PSY3NBC unless they have previously completed at least one Biology or Behavioural Neuroscience subject.  PSY3PFP (a placement subject with 30 credit points) is offered over the extended summer period each year for eligible students who have completed sufficient credit points and second year Psychology core subjects, and who have been offered a placement following an interview. Please also seek advice from the School of Psychological Science for when and what electives are offered.

Honours

Students may be permitted to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of their 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. Students must complete a 10,000 word thesis (which takes the place of two law electives) on a topic to be approved by the the Convenor of Honours. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. Students must attend ten sessions and are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

Students who wish to apply for Honours in Psychological Science must complete a further full-time year of study if accepted. For further information, please consult the relevant entry for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences in this Handbook.

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