Unit description

Provides students with a thorough introduction to the important institutions and processes which influence the ongoing development of law in Australia, their history, context and contemporary relevance, and equips students with the skills necessary to find, interpret, critique and apply law in both its legislative and adjudicative modes.

Unit content

Topic 1: The Australian legal system

a. What is the law?
b. Australia and the international sphere
c. British origin of the Australian legal system
d. Contested sovereignty
e. The Australian model of governance

Topic 2: Sources of law

a. Law in its legislative mode
b. Law in its adjudicative mode

Topic 3: Research and writing in law

Topic 4: Judge-made law (common law)

a. The hierarchy of the courts
b. Working with judicial precedent

Topic 5: Statute law (legislation)

a. Interpreting statutes
b. Aids to interpretation and interpretative presumptions

Topic 6: Law in practice

a. Law in practice
b. Changing the law

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

Study Period 1

  • Sanson et al, 2014, Connecting with Law, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press.

Study Period 2

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2014, Connecting with Law, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press.

Study Period 3

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2014, Connecting with Law, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press.

Study Period 4

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2014, Connecting with Law, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press.

Study Period 5

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2014, Connecting with Law, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press.

Study Period 6

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2014, Connecting with Law, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Quiz10%
Annotated bibliography40%
Quiz10%
Essay40%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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