UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Law, Policy and Government (coursework)

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of socio-legal theory, policy development and the skills required to work in or with governments. The course combines theory with more practically oriented units. Study for both degrees begins with foundational courses in law, policy and socio-legal theory. Students can then tailor their study through elective units to focus on policy areas of interest such as crime and justice, medicine and law, international law or governance. Students can also elect to undertake a research option which would provide a pathway to doctoral studies, or to higher level research roles in employment.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Law, Policy and Government (coursework)
Award abbreviationMLPG
Course code21530
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Law
CRICOS code083871K
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsThroughout the year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Adjunct Associate Professor Catherine Kelly

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

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.

Students with a recognised Law degree, take all units from this group (6 points):

NSLAWS5214Public Policy

Students without a recognised Law degree, take all units from this group (12 points):

NSLAWS5214Public Policy
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance

Students with a recognised Law degree, take unit(s) from Group A to a minimum value of 12 points and a maximum of 36 points from Group A:

Note: The Faculty recommends that all units in this group are taken.

Group A

S2LAWS5167Comparative Law
NSLAWS5215Regulation: Theory and Practice
N/ALAWS5216Advanced Socio-legal Studies
N/ALAWS5222Working with the Written Law
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance

Students without a recognised Law degree, take unit(s) from Group B to a minimum value of 12 points and a maximum of 18 points from Group A:

Note: The Faculty recommends that all units in this group are taken.

Group B

NSLAWS5215Regulation: Theory and Practice
N/ALAWS5216Advanced Socio-legal Studies
N/ALAWS5222Working with the Written Law

All students, take unit(s) from Group C to complete the remainder of points (6–30):

Group C

N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
S2LAWS5128Consumer Law
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
NSLAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
NSLAWS5212China–Australia Relations: Trade, Finance and Law
N/ALAWS5213Practical Issues with Chinese Contracts and Commercial Laws
N/ALAWS5217Advanced Criminology
N/ALAWS5221Law and the Body
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
NSLAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
N/ALAWS5306Arbitration: Practice and Skills
N/ALAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
NSLAWS5517Mining Law
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
N/ALAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
NSLAWS5590Water Resources Law
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

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.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 106, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

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

(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; and

(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience;

or

(d) (i) completed 24 points of the Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government of this University1; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

1 Credit for units completed in this course will only be given if the course is not conferred.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 21340 Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government (24 points)
  • 21530 Master of Law, Policy and Government (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Law, Policy and Government course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. 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.

9. 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 even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.