Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies

This course provides a dedicated pathway for mature-aged Indigenous students that prepares them for entry to the professional postgraduate law course—the Juris Doctor (JD).

Students engage with fundamental principles drawn from the Law and Society major as well as gain greater insights into Aboriginal knowledge systems through enrolment in units offered in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major.

Course overview

Course code
DA002
Intake periods
beginning of year and mid-year
Status
current / 2018
Credit points required
72 (of which 12 points is advanced standing)
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Crawley)
Available to international students
No
Fees
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Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Mel Thomas
Law Coordinator
School of Indigenous Studies
6488 2973
Mel.Thomas@uwa.edu.au

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1INDG1120Legal Studies Professional Practicum 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies (DA002)
Co-requisites:
Level 1 Law units from (LAWS1110 Crime and Society or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions or LAWS1104 Introduction to Law) and (INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard or INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge)
S2INDG2200Advanced Indigenous Legal Studies
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies (DA002) and (LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions or LAWS1104 Introduction to Law)
NS, S1, S2LAWS2120Legal Studies Professional Practicum 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
(LAWS1110 Crime and Society or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions or LAWS1104 Introduction to Law) and any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2LAWS1104Introduction to Law
S1LAWS1120Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
Incompatibility:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2INDG1150Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1INDG1160Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2LAWS1110Crime and Society
S1LAWS1111Law, Conflict and Change

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1LAWS2201Legal Framework of Business
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
N/ALAWS2223Criminal Justice System
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1LAWS2224Evolution of Human Rights
Prerequisites:
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict, and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
Co-requisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
NSLAWS2225Indigenous Peoples and the Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems) or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
S2LAWS2226International Legal Institutions
Prerequisites:
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1LAWS2227Law in Action
Prerequisites:
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1INDG2300Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major or HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S2INDG2500Looking North: The Wild West
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major or HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S2INDG2600Indigenous Representation
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major or HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Incompatibility:
VISA2051 Curatorial Practices; INDG3500 Image, Representation and Appropriation
S2INDG2700Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit or equivalent
Incompatibility:
INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin

12 points of prior learning as recognised by the Faculty of Law and the School of Indigenous Studies on the recommendation of the Selection Committee.

Pathways

The Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies is designed to prepare students for the professional postgraduate law course—the Juris Doctor (JD).

Graduates in this course have a foundation for career options in a variety of roles in the private sector, government and community-based organisations. These include law-related policy and research roles in law reform and justice agencies, and various positions in sectors that draw on a level of research roles in law, such as human rights organisations, native title and Aboriginal legal services.

The course also allows students to apply their knowledge in a range of contexts to a level necessary for many other related areas of vocational and professional employment.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

Admission

3. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

(1) (a) be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent and aged 20 years or older on 1 March in the year of entry to the course;

and

(b) have an appropriate educational background and/or work experience as determined by the Selection Committee described in Rule 3, namely:

(i) formal prior educational achievement at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 4 or above, or equivalent as recognised by the Selection Committee; or

(ii) at least two years' work experience at a level recognised by the Selection Committee; and

(2) undertake a written assessment and interview conducted by the School of Indigenous Studies.

Course structure

4.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

5.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

Progress status

6.(1) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances,

(a) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 5.(1) is assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty;

(b) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress for a second time under Rule 6.(1) is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty;

(c) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 5.(2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty unless they have been assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 5.(1).

Additional rules
Progression to Juris Doctor

7.(1) Subject to (2), a student who completes the Advanced Diploma with a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 or higher is eligible to enrol in the course for the Juris Doctor.

(2) In exceptional circumstances, a student who obtains a GPA of less than 5.5 may be eligible to enrol in the course for the Juris Doctor at the discretion of the Faculty of Law.