Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Explores the Australian legal system which is federal in nature, dividing power between the Commonwealth and the States. Constitutional Law impinges on many areas of practice.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to constitutional law
Topic 2 A historical overview: From colonisation to federation and beyond; the States and their constitutions
Topic 3 The division of powers between the Commonwealth and the States
Topic 4 Intergovernmental immunities
Topic 5 Characterisation and the trade and commerce and corporations heads of power
Topic 6 The external affairs and defence heads of power
Topic 7 The Constitution and the environment
Topic 8 Section 92 and Section 90
Topic 9 Express constitutional guarantees
Topic 10 Implied constitutional rights and freedoms
Topic 11 The Constitution and democracy
Topic 12 The doctrine of separation powers

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 2

  • Joseph, S & Castan, M, 2019, Federal Constitutional Law. A Contemporary View, 5th edn, Lawbook Company, Sydney. ISBN: 9780455241449.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Exam: open book60%


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours  (11 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Exam: open book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Case study40%
Exam: open book60%

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