UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course codeDA002
Intake periodsbeginning of year and mid-year
Statuscurrent / 2017
Credit points required72 (of which 12 points is advanced standing)
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Crawley)
Available to international
students
No
Course adviceMel Thomas

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; 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 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (30 points):

S1INDG1120Legal Studies Professional Practicum 1 (12 points)
S2INDG2200Advanced Indigenous Legal Studies
S1, S2LAWS2120Legal Studies Professional Practicum 2 (12 points)

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

S2LAWS1104Introduction to Law
S1LAWS1120Australian Legal Principles and Institutions

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

S2INDG1150Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
S1INDG1160Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge

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

S1LAWS1110Crime and Society
S2LAWS1111Law, Conflict and Change

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

S1LAWS2201Legal Framework of Business
N/ALAWS2223Criminal Justice System
S1LAWS2224Evolution of Human Rights
NSLAWS2225Indigenous Peoples and the Law
S2LAWS2226International Legal Institutions
S1LAWS2227Law in Action

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

S1INDG2300Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
S2INDG2500Looking North: The Wild West
S2INDG2600Indigenous Representation
S2INDG2700Knowing 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

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 Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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.