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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

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
1compare and contrast the legal system of one or more countries and Australia;Knowledge of a discipline
2recognise and analyse the concepts which are necessary to become independent learnersLifelong learning
3describe and explain the function of each legal system and its role in the development of a mature legal systemKnowledge of a discipline
4apply high levels of analytical skill to the reading of primary and secondary materials in order to determine the major legal issues and themes in each legal systemKnowledge of a discipline
5demonstrate analytical skills in conducting legal research in relation to each legal system and written skills in the presentation of researchCultural competence

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

  1. compare and contrast the legal system of one or more countries and Australia;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. recognise and analyse the concepts which are necessary to become independent learners
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. describe and explain the function of each legal system and its role in the development of a mature legal system
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply high levels of analytical skill to the reading of primary and secondary materials in order to determine the major legal issues and themes in each legal system
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate analytical skills in conducting legal research in relation to each legal system and written skills in the presentation of research
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • 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 online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay30%
Essay70%
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