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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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe the historical foundations of Anglo-Australian law, including an understanding of the historical and contemporary relevance of Indigenous legal systems in Australia
2demonstrate familiarity with the formal and informal institutions and processes which shape the development of Australian law
3demonstrate an understanding of how to approach legal problems involving the application of judicial precedents and/or the interpretation of statutes
4engage in legal research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources.

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
  2. demonstrate familiarity with the formal and informal institutions and processes which shape the development of Australian law
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how to approach legal problems involving the application of judicial precedents and/or the interpretation of statutes
  4. engage in legal research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources.

Prescribed texts

  • Coleman, A., Bender, M., Clarke, J., Hunter, Z., Lane, A., Paterson, Dr J., Platz C. and Schuwalow, L., 2020, Law In Commerce, 7th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409351811 .
  • Sanson, M. and Anthony, T., 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th , Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

  • Coleman, A., Bender, M., Clarke, J., Hunter, Z., Lane, A., Paterson, Dr J., Platz C. and Schuwalow, L., 2020, Law In Commerce, 7th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409351811 .
  • Sanson, M. and Anthony, T., 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th , Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

  • Coleman, A., Bender, M., Clarke, J., Hunter, Z., Lane, A., Paterson, Dr J., Platz C. and Schuwalow, L., 2020, Law In Commerce, 7th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409351811 .
  • Sanson, M. and Anthony, T., 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th , Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

  • Coleman, A., Bender, M., Clarke, J., Hunter, Z., Lane, A., Paterson, Dr J., Platz C. and Schuwalow, L., 2020, Law In Commerce, 7th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409351811 .
  • Sanson, M. and Anthony, T., 2019, Connecting with Law, 4th , Oxford University Press, Australia. ISBN: 9780190310844.

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Quiz10%
Annotated bibliography40%
Essay50%
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Fee information

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