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Study Period1,2,3,4,5,6
Study Period1,2,3,4,5,6

Unit description

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

Unit content

Topic 1: The Anglo-Australian legal system 

Topic 2: Sources of law

Topic 3: Research and writing in law

Topic 4: Judge-made law (common law)

Topic 5: Statute law (legislation)

Topic 6: Law in practice

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 Anglo-Australian law, including an understanding of the historical and contemporary relevance of Indigenous legal systems in Australia Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
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
5demonstrate an understanding of how to approach legal problems involving the application of judicial precedents and/or the interpretation of statutes CreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6engage in legal 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 Anglo-Australian law, including an understanding of the historical and contemporary relevance of Indigenous legal systems in Australia
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  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. demonstrate an understanding of how to approach legal problems involving the application of judicial precedents and/or the interpretation of statutes
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. engage in legal research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour

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Teaching and assessment

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

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Fee information

Domestic

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