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LocationDomesticInternational
Gold CoastSession 1,2Session 1,2
LismoreSession 1,2Session 1,2
OnlineSession 1,2,3N/A

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: Origins of the Australian legal system
Topic 3: Aboriginal Sovereignty
Topic 4: The Constitutional framework
Topic 5: Legal Institutions and processes
Topic 6: Judicial decision-making
Topic 7: Statutory interpretation
Topic 8: Access to justice
Topic 9: 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify the role of law in society and classify the various areas of the law;Knowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate 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 disciplineCultural competence
3understand 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 disciplineCultural competence
4identify the broad scope of the law and how law enforcement in practice impacts on individuals and groups;Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5assess the role of the paralegal in the practice of law;Knowledge of a discipline
6identify how the law is made and the institutions and processes that influence change;Knowledge of a discipline
7demonstrate academic writing skills including critical analysis.Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the role of law in society and classify the various areas of the law;
    • GA4: 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;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: 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;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. identify the broad scope of the law and how law enforcement in practice impacts on individuals and groups;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. assess the role of the paralegal in the practice of law;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. identify how the law is made and the institutions and processes that influence change;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. demonstrate academic writing skills including critical analysis.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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

  • Jennifer Greaney, 2020, Principles and Practice of Australian Law , 4th (ed), Lawbook.

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Essay40%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Essay40%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Essay40%
Exam: open book50%
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
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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