Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) / Bachelor of Laws

6 years full-time
7 years full time with Honours


The degrees of Arts (Media and Communications) and Laws make make an excellent academic foundation for students looking to enter the legal profession or for those interested in the media and communications industry.

The Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) program at the University of Sydney is renowned for the depth and breadth of training it offers in the media and communications field. This field encompasses a host of diverse and expanding industries that offer exciting employment opportunities both nationally and globally.

The first 4 years of the degree are spent completing the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) component of the degree, which offers an unparalleled combination of academic excellence and professional training in media and communications. Students will study Media and Communications, Arts and Social Sciences and Law subjects concurrently during years 1 - 3 and Media and Communications and Arts in year 4, before proceeding with the Bachelor of Law component at the Law School in years 5 - 6.

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Requirements (Years 1 - 4)

Please note: Students who commenced their degree prior to 2011 should refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook from the year of their commencement.

To qualify for the award of the combined program, candidates must complete 288 credit points, comprising;

(a) 192 credit points from Tables A and B; and
(b) 144 credit points of Law units of study, of which 48 credit points are combined Law compulsory units of study for years 1, 2 and 3 and are credited towards the requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts (MECO) and the Bachelor of Laws degrees.

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) candidates must complete 192 credit points, comprising:

(a) 48 credit points of the Combined Law compulsory units of study for Years 1, 2
& 3;
(b) a maximum of 48 junior credit points (not including the LAWS units)
(c) 78 credit points (18 junior and 60 senior) of core Media and communications (MECO) units of study including MECO1001, MECO1002 & MECO1003;
(d) a major from Table A

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Laws, candidates must complete 144 credit points taken from the Faculty of Law Undergraduate table, comprising;

(a) 102 credit points of compulsory units of study; and
(b) 42 credit points of elective units of study, of which a maximum of 36 credit points are taken from Part 1 and a minimum of 6 credit points are taken from Part 2.

Please note: students commencing in 2014 and beyond must include a minimum of 6 credit points of senior-advanced (3000 level) units of study in their chosen major(s). You must view the unit of study tables in the handbook for the chosen major(s) for further information. Students commencing their degree prior to 2014 you are not necessarily required to complete a senior-advanced unit in the chosen major(s) unless otherwise instructed to do so.

Compulsory Media and Communications Units of Study

You will complete the 18 junior credit points for Media and Communications in the first year and the remaining 60 senior credit points over years 2, 3 and 4.

These units of study are worth 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fouth Year
  • Australian Media Studies (MECO1001)
  • Media & Communications Landscapes (MECO1002)
  • Principles of Media Writing (MECO1003)
  • Radio Broadcasting (MECO2601)
  • Media Relations (MECO2603)
  • Video Production (MECO3601)
  • Media, Law and Ethics (MECO3603)
  • Media Globalisation (MECO3605)
  • Advanced Media Writing (MECO3606)
  • Online Media Production (MECO3602)
  • Media and comm Internship (MECO3671)
  • Internship Project (MECO3672)
  • Critical Practice in Media (MECO3609)

Compulsory Law Units of Study

These units of study are worth 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

 First Year  Second Year  Third Year
  • 'Foundations of Law' (LAWS 1006)
  • 'Torts' (LAWS 1012)
  • 'Legal Research' (LAWS 1013) ZERO CREDIT POINTS
  • 'Criminal Law' (LAWS 1016)
  • 'Contracts' (LAWS 1015)
  • 'Civil &
    Criminal Procedure'(LAWS1014)
  • 'Public International Law' (LAWS1023)
  • 'Torts and Contracts II' (LAWS1017)
  • 'Public Law' (LAWS1021)
  • 'Legal Research II' (LAWS1019) ZERO CREDIT POINTS

Please note, the number of compulsory Law units can be subject to change.

Majors

Unfortunately, you can not fit two majors from the Arts and Social Sciences table of units of study in your Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)/ Laws degree. However, note that in addition to your Arts and Social Sciences (Table A) major, you can do up to two senior or junior units of study in one other subject area from the Arts and Social Sciences table (Table A or B) if you choose to;

Pathways

            Credit Points
First Year S1 MECO1001 Australian
Media Studies
Arts (Table A) junior unit choice Arts (Table A) Major
Junior Pre-req Unit
LAWS1006
Foundations of Law
24
LAWS1013 Legal Research 1
S2 MECO1002 Media & Communications Landscapes MECO1003 Principles of Media Writing Arts (Table A) Major
Junior Pre-req Unit
LAWS1012
Torts
24
Second Year S1 MECO2601 Radio
Broadcasting
Arts (Table A or B)
Senior Unit Choice
LAWS1014 Civil &
Criminal Procedure
LAWS1015
Contracts
24
S2 MECO2603
Media Relations
MECO3601
Video Production
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
LAWS1016
Criminal Law
24
Third Year S1 MECO3603 Media,
Law and Ethics
MECO3606 Advanced
Media Writing
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
LAWS1023
Public International Law
24
LAWS1019 Legal Research 2
S2 MECO3605
Media Globalisation
MECO3602
Online Media
LAWS1017
Torts and Contracts II
LAWS1021
Public Law
24
Fourth Year S1 MECO3671 Media
and Comm. Internship
MECO3672
Internship Project
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
24
S2 MECO3609 Critical
Practice in Media
Arts (Table A or B)
Senior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior-advanced Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
24
          Total= 192
  Full-time Law Studies 48
  Full-time Law Studies 48
          Total= 288

Arts and Social Sciences Component Degree Director


 Name  Telephone  Email  Location

Derretta Branche

 +61 2 9036 9521

 

Rm 202, Holme Building A09a