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Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations)

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Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations)

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Are you looking for a flexible degree that allows you to pursue your ethical and legal interests? CSU's Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations) is designed to meet the demand for ethics and legal studies across vocations to provide the specialist expertise each profession requires.

From the Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Legal Studies through to the Master's program, CSU has an option to suit you.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations) is a wide-ranging program that allows you to study complex ethical issues with relevance to your profession. You will gain a comprehensive grounding in ethical theories, human rights principles and the major features of the Australian legal system.

    Choice of specialisation

    This degree lets you choose a specialisation based on your professional needs and interests. Specialisations include Business, Government, Social Work, Health and Welfare, Dispute Resolution, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Corrections and Professional Studies.

    Subject choice

    You will select your subjects from a comprehensive list of options dealing in legal and ethical issues across CSU's faculties. You also have the opportunity to build your skills by researching and writing an in-depth dissertation on an ethical issue.

    Online convenience

    CSU's course is delivered online for maximum convenience, allowing you to combine study with work and family commitments. You will learn using a range of online resources and communication tools.

    Support when you need it

    From day one of your studies, you can be assured of quality learning support and personal contact from lecturers and tutors who treat you as an individual. CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations) provides a career-enhancing qualification that enables you to explore ethical and legal studies with relevance to your profession or an area of interest. You will graduate with the skills to formulate ethically sustainable solutions to challenges in your field. Legal and ethical knowledge and understanding are highly valued in government, business, the not-for-profit sector, international affairs, education and social work.

  • Subjects

    Please note: students are advised that not all the Elective Sequences will necessarily be available. They should contact the Course Director for advice on available Elective Sequences.

    Business

    The Business specialisation covers the fundamentals of business and corporations law, leadership and business ethics, and the ethics of corporate governance.

    Corrections

    The specialisation in Corrections centres on criminal justice ethics, the methods and practice of dispute resolution, mediation processes and uses, and negotiation skills.

    Dispute Resolution

    This specialisation includes studies in dispute resolution methods and results, mediation processes and uses, theories and skills of conflict resolution, and values and conflict in organisations.

    Government

    The Government specialisation covers administrative law, law for the human services and theories of justice, as well as vulnerability and the ethics of intervention.

    Health and Welfare

    This specialisation offers studies in ethics and social welfare, bioethics, legal issues in child and adolescent welfare, and child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities.

    Human Resource Management

    This specialisation incorporates industrial relations, the law of employment, values and conflicts in organisations, and conflict resolution skills.

    Industrial Relations

    The Industrial Relations specialisation includes a broad examination of the industrial relations environment, systems and issues, as well as employment law, theories of conflict resolution and labour market studies.

    Professional Studies

    This specialisation ranges from studies in social welfare and business ethics to values and conflict in organisations, employment law, dispute resolution and environmental law and management.

    Social Work

    This specialisation focuses on social welfare and human rights, legal issues in child and adolescent welfare, and leading service development.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Legal Studies

    Core Subjects
    PHL402 Ethical Theory
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System

    Plus two restricted electives - one chosen from List A and one chosen from List B

    Graduate Diploma of Ethics and Legal Studies

    Core Subjects
    PHL402 Ethical Theory
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System

    Compulsory Subject
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights

    Plus five restricted electives - at least two chosen from List A and at least two chosen from List B

    Master of Ethics and Legal Studies

    Core Subjects
    PHL402 Ethical Theory
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System

    Compulsory Subject
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights

    Plus EITHER nine restricted electives  - at least four chosen from List A and at least four chosen from List B
    OR five restricted electives and a Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words (32 points) (PHL506 or LAW550) with at least 24 points in both Ethics and Law. 

    List A Ethics Electives

    ETH401 Ethics And Social Welfare
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    ETH403 Bioethics
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM512 Values and Conflict in Oranisations
    HRM540 Theories Of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    HCS531 Leading Service Development
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems and Issues
    ITC506 Topics In Information Technology Ethics
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT594 Leadership And Business Ethics
    PHL402 Ethical Theory
    PHL401 Critical Reasoning
    PHL409 Theories of Justice
    PHL504 Criminal Justice Ethics
    PHL506 Ethics Research Dissertation (32)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

    List B Law Electives

    HCS406 Social Work And Human Rights
    JST408 Cyber and Technology Enabled Crime
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child & Adolescent Welfare
    LAW503 Administrative Law
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods & Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes & Uses
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills
    LAW530 Environmental Law And Management
    LAW531 Law for the Human Services
    PHL502 Law, Ethics And Human Rights

    Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (Specialisation)

    To graduate with a specialisation students must complete 4 subjects listed in the specialisation. Students who complete a specialisation graduate with the name of the specialisation in brackets in the award nomenclature.

    Specialisation Subjects for Graduate Diploma and Master Degree

    Social Work

    ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
    HCS531 Leading Service Development

    Business

    MGT531 Business Ethics
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics

    Health and Welfare

    ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
    ETH403 Bioethics
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

    Justice Studies - this specialisation is not currently available

    Dispute Resolution

    HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations
    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Government

    ETH402 Vulnerablity and the Ethics of Intervention
    PHL409 Theories of Justice
    LAW503 Australian Administrative Law
    LAW531 Law for the Human Services

    Human Resource Management

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    Industrial Relations

    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems and Issues
    HRM501 Labout Market Studies
    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    Corrections

    PHL504 Criminal Justice Ethics
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods & Practice
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

    Professional Studies

    ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Practice
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management

    Technology - this specialistion is not currently available

     

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites.

  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

  • Admission information

    Bachelor degree or as a minimum a TAFE Diploma/Certificates and/or work history that demonstrates holding a senior position demonstrating relevant work experience. 

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOAMS
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAMS

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the Course Structure and
    Enrolment Pattern for the course.

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  • About the School

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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