School of Law and Society - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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School of Law and Society

The School of Law and Society provides a practical, inspiring and rigorous learning environment that empowers graduates to be career and future ready and to be able to make a significant contribution to their communities. We are committed to quality teaching and learning that focuses on employability and flexibility, where students work independently, as well as with academic staff and peers, to navigate complex practical, ethical and social issues.

The School of Law and Society strives to: 

  1. prepare outstanding and ethical graduates who are equipped for rapidly changing and interdisciplinary careers; 
  2. advance meaningful scholarship and ideas for the benefit of the academic, professional and wider community; and
  3. foster public service and justice.

The School of Law and Society offers a range of programs and study components including: 

  • Law
  • Social Work (Undergraduate and Masters)
  • Criminology (including Honours)
  • Counselling (Undergraduate and Masters)
  • Human Services
  • Urban Design and Town Planning
  • Arts (with a range of study components including history, geography, sociology, sustainability and Indigenous studies)
  • International Studies

Explore the School of Law and Society's programs and study components.

The School is also focused on producing high quality and impactful research and welcomes Higher Degree Research (HDR) students in either Doctor of Philosophy or Master by Research programs. The School is home to the USC Road Accident Research Collaboration, Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit (SVRPU), the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) and the Engage Research Cluster.

We look forward to working with students and providing them with an education that is practical, personal, inspiring and rigorous.

Professor Jay Sanderson
Head of School
School of Law and Society

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For more information about the programs on offer, please contact:

Future student or Community

Current student
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890

School of Law and Society
School Support Officer: Kay Meredith
Tel: +61 7 5456 5294

School of Law and Society Research

USC Road Safety Research Collaboration

USC Road Safety Research Collaboration was established as a strategic collaboration between the Queensland Government, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and USC.

Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit

SVRPU are focused on the prevention of sexual violence and abuse.

Sustainability Research Centre

The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was established in 2007 with the goal of conducting cutting-edge research into pressing local, regional, and global challenges of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

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Engage Research Cluster

Research into development of familiar technologies to find solutions to social issues

School of Law and Society News

USC Newsroom
Professor Helen Bartlett and Rex Halverson
MoU to boost Noosa Biosphere’s role as a ‘living lab’
7 June

A Memorandum of Understanding between USC and the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation will help strengthen the biosphere reserve’s ongoing role as a ‘living lab’.

Graduate applies psychology of crime to new role
16 April

New USC graduate Tayla Dangerfield is applying her in-depth understanding of the psychology behind criminal behaviour to her role as a case manager at Queensland Corrective Services.

Biomedical Science student Sarah Bette-Bennett, left, and daughter Elise who has enrolled in Headstart
Never too early, never too late to study
22 March

A 45-year-old Biomedical Science student who “always wanted to go to university and always had an interest in medicine” has been joined on USC’s Moreton Bay campus this year by her 16-year-old daughter.

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Law and Love (in and beyond Pandemic Times)

USC will host the 2021 conference of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia.