Unit description

Analyses selected legal issues relating to schools and universities, their students and their staff; including management issues, student issues relating to the obligation of the school to educate in a safe environment, discrimination and inclusiveness, employment issues and academic freedom. Education Law is emerging as a major area of practice for lawyers, and knowledge of its intricacies is also very important for teachers and school and university administrators.

Unit content

Introduction and context
Historical: The nature of schools and universities
Legal: The Australian legal system and constitution and the law governing schools and universities
Legal structures: Schools, public and private
The federal system, the state system, governance, obligations to educate Legal structures: Universities, public and private
The federal system, the state system, governance, funding and finance issues, and obligations to educate
- The student
Rights and obligations of educators, the right to education and to a safe educational environment
Rights and obligations of the parents in relation to school education, home schooling
Discrimination and inclusiveness
Student marketing
Student organisations
Fees and contract law issues, domestic and foreign students
- The staff member
Employment law, industrial relations systems and enterprise bargaining
Participation and academic freedom within schools and universities
Discrimination and inclusiveness

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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