LEGAL STUDIES WORKPLACE COMPETENCE

LST3LWC

2016

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 Enrolment in LBLS and completion of 60 credit points of 2nd year LST subjects and LST2SLR, LST3SLR, LST2RML or LST3RML, or subject coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Elective subject available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Legal Studies (LBLS)

Learning resources

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:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

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:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Present a brief and persuasive argument in Legal Studies

Activities:
Giving presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

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

Activities:
Writing up project report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

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:
Inquiry/ Research (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:
Teamwork (Teamwork)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, 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

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 blended.
"These times are to allow students to liaise with prospective workplaces and the subject coordinator."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Three 2.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"These will occur prior to the placement."

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 blended.
"This will be after the placement has occurred."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000 word oral presentation10 01, 03, 05, 06, 07
One 1,000 word work plan15 01, 08
One 2,000 word reflective exercise20 01, 02, 04, 06
One 4,000 word project report55 01, 02, 04, 05, 07