Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government
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
- not available in 2021
- 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 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
- 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.
Note: This course is not available in 2021.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2021;|
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised
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||Unitcode||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 of two face-to-face sessions which will run 18-19 February and 22-23 July. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.|
|NS||LAWS5260||Intersections of Law, Policy and Government||April intensive - 4 full days 18-21 May|
|NS||POLS5501||The Politics of Public Policy||Seminars for this unit are delivered intensively|
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|S1||LAWS5167||Comparative Legal Method|
|NS||LAWS5215||Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation||Students must attend every day of the intensive period 6 - 8 April, plus 16 April|
|NS||LAWS5223||Theories of Justice and Punishment||Teaching dates for this unit are 23, 30 August and 6, 13, 20 September. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.|
|N/A||LAWS5305||Mediation: Practice and Skills||Students must attend every day of the intensive period Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.|
|N/A||LAWS5378||Government Accountability—Law and Practice||Teaching dates for this unit are 29-31 Jan and 3-4 Feb. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.|
|N/A||LAWS5577||Space and Satellite Law||5 full days of intensive teaching.|
|S1, S2||LAWS5694||Research Paper I||This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in 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).
(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(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
Articulations and exit awards
- 21340 Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government (24 points)
- 21530 Master of Law, Policy and Government (48 points)
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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 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.
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.