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 includes foundational courses in law, policy and socio-legal theory. Students can choose to articulate to a master's degree and 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.
- Course title
- Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- Postgraduate diploma
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- UWA Law School
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Throughout the year
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 0.5 years
- Time limit
- 2 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Marilyn Bromberg
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.
Key to availability of units:
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
- non-standard teaching period
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Students with a recognised Law degree, take POLS5501 Public Policy (6 points) and LAWS5260 Intersections of Law, Policy and Government (6 points) from Group A, and option units to the value of 12 points from Group B.
Students without a recognised Law degree, take all units (18 points) from Group A, and option units to the value of 6 points from Group B.
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||LAWS4227||Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions||
||This unit is delivered intensively in 'flipped mode' and is offered twice a year. 10 online modules are to be completed in advance (opening two weeks before) of two face-to-face sessions which will run 23 and 24 February 2023 and 20-21 July 2023. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.|
|NS||LAWS5260||Intersections of Law, Policy and Government||None||Online modules for this unit will open Late February Attendance required 16 March 2023 Online, 27April-2May 2023 on campus.|
|NS||POLS5501||The Politics of Public Policy||
||Seminars for this unit are delivered intensively|
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||LAWS5100||Sustainability Law and Policy in Resource Development||None||This unit will run intensively 14 November to 16 November 2023. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.|
|NS||LAWS5114||International Environmental Law||
||16 Jan Online Seminar (11am-12pm); 30, 31 January and 1 Feb 2023 Compulsory Attendance required (9am- 5pm)|
|S1||LAWS5167||Comparative Legal Method||
||3 hours per week|
|NS||LAWS5215||Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation||None||Students must attend every day of the intensive period 11-14 April 2023|
|NS||LAWS5223||Theories of Justice and Punishment||
||This unit will run . Attendance at all sessions is 7,14,21,28 August. Attendance Compulsory|
|NS||LAWS5296||Technology Law and Governance||
||November Intensive. Attendance compulsory on 28/29/30 Nov; 5/6/7 Dec 2023|
|NS||LAWS5378||Government Accountability—Law and Practice||
||January Intensive 18-24 Jan 2023 Attendance Compulsory|
|NS||LAWS5521||Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading||
||Students must attend every day of the intensive period 12-14 July 2023. Refer to the timetable website for further information.|
|N/A||LAWS5540||Environmental Protection Law||
||This unit will run online with pre-reading from 1 August. Interactive classes will be held 6-8 September. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory. Refer to the LMS page for further information,|
|N/A||LAWS5577||Space and Satellite Law||
||5 full days of intensive teaching plus online modules before the intensive|
|S1, S2||LAWS5694||Research Paper I||
||This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.|
See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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 100, a minimum 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 minimum 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%.
4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have1(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or
2(a) (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 50 per cent; or
3(a) (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 50 per cent; and (iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.
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) Units completed in the Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government will only be credited towards a 48 point Masters course if the Graduate Diploma is not conferred.
7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
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. This rule is not applicable to this course.
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).
14. Credit will not be granted for units that were taken in another degree that was conferred.