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2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019

Unit aim

Explores the origins of Australian law from both jurisprudential and historical viewpoints, and the structure of our legal institutions and divisions of legal personnel. Develops skills of legal reasoning, the ability to interpret cases and statutes, and clear and concise oral and written legal communication.

Unit content

1. Legal Education 

2. Statutory Interpretation 

3. Precedent: The Standing Cases 

4. Legal Theory and Earth Laws 

5. Reception of English law 

6. Australian Legal Institutions 

7. The Role of Discretion, Judges, Police and Policy Makers 

8. Land rights: A Case Study in Precedent 

9. Statutory Interpretation Revisited 

10. The State of Exception: Terrorists, Bikies and Peaceful Protesters 

11. Access and Equality Before the Law 

12. Revision and Exam Preparation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press.

Session 2

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press.

Session 3

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 days at Gold Coast Campus
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Group project online20%
Reflective writing20%
Exam: open book60%

Lismore

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 days at Gold Coast Campus
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Group project online20%
Reflective writing20%
Exam: open book60%

Online

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 days at Gold Coast Campus
Lecture online 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Group project online20%
Reflective writing20%
Exam: open book60%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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