Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-Legal Studies)

Course 095-SL (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of socio-legal studies and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline.

Course coordinator:
Dr Jennifer Balint
School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology


Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-legal Studies) should:

  • understand the social, political and historical context of law and legal process;
  • have developed a specialized knowledge in an area of socio-legal studies;
  • appreciate the problems of legal reform;
  • gain a deep conceptual understanding of the relationship between law and society;
  • be able to critically and constructively discuss the role of law in society;
  • gain a high level of critical thinking and analysis and a high standard of academic writing;
  • be equipped to engage in creative and methodologically rigorous, independent and high quality research, integrating theoretical and empirical analysis.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
  • One compulsory subject (12.5 points)
  • One core methods subject (12.5 points)
  • Three elective subjects (37.5 points)
Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: Thesis subject:
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Semester 1, Semester 2
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Core methods subjects:
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Elective subjects
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Semester 2
Semester 2
Entry Requirements: Minimum Entry Requirements are:
  • Completion of a relevant graduate diploma or an undergraduate degree with a major in a cognate discipline with at least an H2B (70%) average or higher over the second/third year subjects in the major or over the graduate diploma.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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