Introduces students to the concept of law and to the Australian legal system. Discusses basic concepts such as federalism, parliamentary sovereignty, separation of powers, rule of law, statutory interpretation, the doctrine of precedent and procedural fairness. Explores issues related to Indigenous Australian peoples and to effective equality before the law for all Australians.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the role of law in society and classify the various areas of the law;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the Australian legal system, including federalism, parliamentary sovereignty, separation of powers, rule of law, statutory interpretation the doctrine of precedent and procedural fairness;||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|3||understand the historical, social and political context of the foundations of the Australian legal system and evaluate whether it achieves equality before the law for groups, such as women, Indigenous peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, gays and lesbians, and children;||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|4||identify the broad scope of the law and how law enforcement in practice impacts on individuals and groups;||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|5||assess the role of the paralegal in the practice of law;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||identify how the law is made and the institutions and processes that influence change;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||demonstrate academic writing skills including critical analysis.||Communication and social skills|
- Ellis, Elizabeth, 2009, Principles and Practice of Australian Law, 2nd edn, Lawbook Co.: Ellis, E, 2013, Principles and Practice of Australian Law, 3rd edn, Lawbook Co.
- Ellis, E, 2013, Principles and Practice of Australian Law, 3rd edn, Lawbook Co.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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