Unit description

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 content

Topic 1: Nature and Sources of Law 
Topic 2: The international context 
Topic 3: Origins of the Australian legal system 
Topic 4: Aboriginal Sovereignty 
Topic 5: The Constitutional framework 
Topic 6: Legal Institutions and processes 
Topic 7: Judicial decision-making 
Topic 8: Statutory interpretation 
Topic 9: Access to justice 
Topic 10: Law in practice

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

  • Ellis, E, 2013, Principles and Practice of Australian Law, 3rd edn, Lawbook Co.

Session 2

  • Ellis, E, 2013, Principles and Practice of Australian Law, 3rd edn, Lawbook Co.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz5%
Quiz5%
Quiz5%
Essay35%
Exam: open book50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz5%
Quiz5%
Quiz5%
Essay35%
Exam: open book50%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz5%
Quiz5%
Quiz5%
Essay35%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

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International

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