Business Law major

As the accountability and personal liability of professionals, business managers and public servants continues to grow, a strong grounding in business law is becoming an increasingly attractive attribute for potential employers both nationally and internationally. The Business Law major focuses on the fundamental relationship between law and business and is ideal for those planning careers in a wide range of business areas including professional accounting, business management, international trade and industrial relations. It equips you with high-level analytical, problem-solving, research and communication skills that will enable you to recognise, analyse and, where possible, avoid the legal problems that arise in the course of many common business transactions. In cases where such avoidance is not possible, Business Law students have the knowledge to intelligently request and act on legal services and advice.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main principles of business law with depth in each of the following areas: what we know about the law, how it is made and how it works in our society; (2) demonstrate an understanding of legal reasoning, rules, institutions, players and power structures; (3) demonstrate an understanding of how law operates in the context of modern commercial practice to facilitate a range of business transactions, including financing transactions, provide appropriate structures for the conduct of various business activities and resolve disputes between parties involved in any or all of these activities or structures; (4) demonstrate developed cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, identify and solve defined problems, and exercise critical judgement and thinking in creating new understanding; (5) demonstrate well developed skills to present data and evidence in an appropriate format and communicate through written and oral media clearly, effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts to a variety of audiences; (6) demonstrate well developed skills to work productively in a group; (7) demonstrate well developed bibliographic and referencing skills; and (8) demonstrate basic time and project management skills.

Degree-specific major

Business Law can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Business Law is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • four Level 1 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ACCT1101 Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
S2 LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
S1, S2 MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour
Incompatibility:
MGMT2235 Organisational Behaviour
S1, S2, SS MKTG1203 Introduction to Marketing
Incompatibility:
MKTG2203 Marketing Management
S1, S2, SS STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 3A/3B
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
or
MATH0038 Mathematical Analysis
or
equivalent
or
higher
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1510 Statistics A; STAT1530 Statistics B; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
S2 LAWS2206 Taxation Law
Prerequisites:
(LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
or
equivalent) and (LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business); for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units
or
equivalent
NS, S2 LAWS2301 Company Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS3306 Finance Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units
or
equivalent
S2 LAWS3308 Marketing, Management and the Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 2 units
or
equivalent
S1 LAWS3328 International Commercial Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 2 units
or
equivalent

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Business Law degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Commerce course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP002-BSLAW

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Business Law degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Commerce course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP002-BSLAW-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Business Law can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Business Law can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Business Law second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ACCT1101 Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
S2 LAWS1104 Introduction to Law

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
S2 LAWS2206 Taxation Law
Prerequisites:
(LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
or
equivalent) and (LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business); for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units
or
equivalent
NS, S2 LAWS2301 Company Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS3306 Finance Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units
or
equivalent
S2 LAWS3308 Marketing, Management and the Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 2 units
or
equivalent
S1 LAWS3328 International Commercial Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 2 units
or
equivalent

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Business Law can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-BSLAW

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Business Law can also be taken as a degree-specific major.