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.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

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
S1 LAWS1104 Introduction to Law

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 LAWS2207 Commercial Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
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 (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS3222 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);
Incompatibility:
LAWS2206 Taxation Law
S2 LAWS3308 Business Law in Practice
Prerequisites:
LAWS2301 Company Law
or
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business;
for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 2 units
or
equivalent
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A LAWS3211 Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy in Global and Comparative Contexts
Prerequisites:
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
or
LAWS2207 Commercial Law
or
LAWS2206 Taxation Law
S1 LAWS3328 International Commercial Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
or
LAWS2207 Commercial Law
or
LAWS2206 Taxation Law
S2 LAWS3379 International Investment Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
or
LAWS2206 Taxation Law
or
LAWS2207 Commercial Law

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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 .