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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.

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
1describe the historical foundations of Australian law Knowledge of a discipline
2describe the ways in which formal law-making bodies function in the Australian context Knowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate familiarity with the formal and informal institutions and processes which shape the development of Australian law Intellectual rigour
4analyse and critique the operation of Australian legal institutions from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives Intellectual rigourCultural competence
5solve legal problems involving the interpretation of statutes and/or the application of judicial precedents CreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6demonstrate awareness of current themes and future directions in the development of Australian law Knowledge of a discipline
7engage in academic research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources. Intellectual rigour

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

  1. describe the historical foundations of Australian law
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe the ways in which formal law-making bodies function in the Australian context
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the formal and informal institutions and processes which shape the development of Australian law
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. analyse and critique the operation of Australian legal institutions from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. solve legal problems involving the interpretation of statutes and/or the application of judicial precedents
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate awareness of current themes and future directions in the development of Australian law
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. engage in academic research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour

Prescribed texts

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.
  • Sweeney, B; O'Reilly, J; Coleman, A, 2016, Law In Commerce, 6th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409342857.

  • Sanson, M & Anthony, T, 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.
  • Sweeney, B; O'Reilly, J; Coleman, A, 2016, Law In Commerce, 6th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409342857.

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

Teaching and assessment

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

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

Fee paying courses
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International

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