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Graduate Diploma of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations)

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CSU's Ethics and Legal Studies program is an articulated set of courses in ethics and legal studies drawing on the diverse expertise within the Faculty of Arts.

The Graduate Diploma of Ethics and Legal Studies (with specialisations) is related to:

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Diploma of Ethics and Legal Studies is designed to meet the demand for the study of ethics and legal studies across various vocations in a way that is broad in scope and provides specialist expertise particular professions require. In addition to core subjects in ethics and in legal studies, students select subjects in accordance with their particular needs and interests. Subjects are selected from a comprehensive, vocation-directed list of subjects dealing in ethical and legal issues offered by the many disciplines across the Faculties of the University.

  • Subjects

    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

    As this course is currently under review students are advised that not all the elective sequences will necessarily be available. 

    Graduate Certificate

    Two core subjects
    PHL402 Ethical Theory
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System

    And two electives, one in Ethics and one in Legal Studies as specified in List A.

    Graduate Diploma

    Three Core Subjects
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
    PHL402 Ethical Theory

    And five electives, at least two in both Ethics and Legal Studies drawn from List A. To graduate with a vocationally-specific specialisation, at least three electives must be taken from the specialist area (see list B).

    Master degree

    Three core subjects
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
    PHL402 Ethical Theory

    And EITHER nine electives, at least four in both Ethics and Law, OR five 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. To graduate in a specialism the student must have at least 4 electives from that specialism (see List B) or 2 electives from the specialism and a Research Dissertation in that area.

    List A: Electives

    (Some subjects are classified in both Ethics and Law).

    Ethics Subjects

    ETH401 Ethics And Social Welfare
    ETH403 Bioethics
    ETH404 Ethical Issues In Correctional Management
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM512 Values & Conflict In Organisations
    HRM540 Theories Of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills Of Conflict Resolution
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems & Issues
    ITC506 Topics In Information Technology Ethics
    JST433 Principles Of Correctional Management
    JST534 Restorative Justice
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT594 Leadership And Business Ethics
    PHL402 Ethical Theory
    PHL401 Critical Reasoning
    PHL404 Ethics & The Public Sector
    PHL409 Theories Of Justice
    PHL412 Advanced Ethics
    PHL504 Criminal Justice Ethics
    PHL506 Ethics Research Dissertation (32)

    Law Subjects

    HCS406 Social Work And Human Rights
    JST408 Computers & Crime
    JST520 Theories Of Crime And Deviance
    JST532 Juvenile Justice
    LAW401 Legal Issues In Child & Adolescent Welfare
    LAW502 Law Of International Business
    LAW503 Administrative Law
    LAW515 Law Of Employment
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods & Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes & Uses
    LAW530 Environmental Law And Management
    PHL502 Law, Ethics And Human Rights

    LIST B Specialisations

    Specialisation Subjects for: Graduate Diploma and Master Degree.

    Students who complete a specialisation graduate with the name of the specialisation in brackets in the award nomenclature, as shown in the examples below. Specialisation pos-nominals are shown after each specialisation listed below.

    Examples: Graduate Diploma of Ethics and Legal Studies (Social Work) or Master of Ethics and Legal Studies(Health and Welfare)

    Social Work

    ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights


    MGT531 Business Ethics
    LAW502 Law of International Business

    Health and Welfare

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

    Justice Studies

    PHL409 Theories of Justice
    PHL504 Criminal Justice Ethics
    JST520 Theories of Crime and Deviance
    JST532 Juvenile Justice
    JST534 Restorative Justice

    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


    ETH404 Ethics and the Public Sector
    PHL409 Theories of Justice
    LAW503 Australian Administrative Law

    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


    ETH404 Ethical Issues in Correctional Management
    PHL504 Criminal Justice Ethics
    JST433 Principles of Correctional Management
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods & Practice
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    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


    ITC475 Ethics and Information Technology


    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 subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law

  • Admission information
    Applicants with an undergraduate degree are admitted to this course. Applicants who have completed the requirements for the Certificate in Ethics and Legal Studies are admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Ethics and Legal Studies.

    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 Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAET
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOADS

    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

    To graduate, a student must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

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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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