LEGAL STUDIES WORKPLACE COMPETENCE

LST3LWC

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This is an elective subject for all Bachelor of Legal Studies students. Its main purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a workplace setting. The subject consists of attendance at a number of seminars followed by the identification of an appropriate workplace and the formulation of a suitable work project. After this process, each student will be placed with an organization that has undertaken to provide the necessary supervision in the workplace. The subject coordinator will oversee the selection of workplaces and projects. Workplaces will be determined according to their relevance to Legal Studies, the capacity of organizations to provide adequate workplace supervision and their ability to foster an educationally meaningful experience. Each project will be designed to develop research, educational or organisational skills or some combination of these.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 60 credit points of 2nd year LST subjects and LST3SLR or subject coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the library.Prescribedn/an/a

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to relevant issues in legal studies

Activities:
Working in workplace environments that deal directly with cultural diversity within a legal or law related context (a community legal service or advocacy group). Ethics will be foregrounded by a confidentiality agreement signed prior to entering workplace. Students are then required to reflect on both of these for their reflective essays and presentations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Evaluate diverse positions/ arguments pertaining to a problem in Legal Studies

Activities:
Conducting research as guided by workplace and campus supervisors for project report; reflecting on the process of producing this report in the reflective essay and presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Present a brief and persuasive argument in Legal Studies

Activities:
Giving presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Present a sustained and complex written argument in Legal Studies.

Activities:
Writing up project report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Produce an original, well researched response to a problem in Legal Studies

Activities:
Researching, preparing and writing the project report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Recognise the benefit of lifelong learning to understanding future trends, issues and debates in Legal Studies

Activities:
Students will reflect on the benefit of lifelong learning in understanding future trends, issues and debates in Legal Studies as they relate to the social world represented by their workplace for their reflective essays and presentations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Legal Studies

Activities:
Explaining their workplace experience and summarising their project in a Legal Studies context for their presentation and reflective essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

08. Work effectively in groups as a group member and/ or leader

Activities:
Creating work plan with work place supervisor; small group excerises within seminars; work place activity during placement; creating project within a team workplace environment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size30

Enrolment information Limited work placements available Legal Studies program will determine eligiblity based on academic merit and suitability of work placement.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 100.0 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This will be after the placement has occurred."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Four 3.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These will occur prior to the placement."

Supervisor Consultation Week: 31 - 43
Five 4.0 hours supervisor consultation other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These times are to allow students to liaise with prospective workplaces and the subject coordinator."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000 word oral presentation10 01, 03, 05, 06, 07
One 1,000 word work plan10 01, 08
One 2,000 word reflective exercise20 01, 02, 04, 06
One 4,000 word project report50 01, 02, 04, 05, 07
One 1,000 word cover letter and CV10 06