Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Examines one or more legal systems that are different to the Australian legal system. Will provide an insight into the similarities and differences between these other legal systems and the Australian legal system in order to enable students to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of these other legal systems with the Australian legal system.

Unit content

Topic l: History, scope and concerns of Comparative Law.
Topic 2: Legal Pluralism.
Topic 3: Methods.
Topic 4: Systems, families, traditions.
Topic 5: The Western legal tradition: the Common Law family.
Topic 6: The Western legal tradition: the Civil Law family.
Topic 7: The Western legal tradition: Socialist systems.
Topic 8: Levantine legal traditions.
Topic 9: Eastern legal traditions.
Topic 10: Indigenous legal traditions.
Topic 11: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders legal traditions.
Topic 12: Reflections.



Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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