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LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Lismore
Online
Session1,2,3

Unit description

Explores the origins of Australian law from both jurisprudential and historical viewpoints, and the structure of our legal institutions and divisions of legal personnel. Develops skills of legal reasoning, the ability to interpret cases and statutes, and clear and concise oral and written legal communication.

Unit content

1. Legal Education 

2. Statutory Interpretation 

3. Precedent: The Standing Cases 

4. Legal Theory and Earth Laws 

5. Reception of English law 

6. Australian Legal Institutions 

7. The Role of Discretion, Judges, Police and Policy Makers 

8. Land rights: A Case Study in Precedent 

9. Statutory Interpretation Revisited 

10. The State of Exception: Terrorists, Bikies and Peaceful Protesters 

11. Access and Equality Before the Law 

12. Revision and Exam Preparation

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
1explain the ways in which legal and social phenomena are inter-relatedIntellectual rigour
2critique law from a number of perspectives including ecological, feminist, post-modernist, multicultural and Indigenous perspectivesIntellectual rigour
3explain the various legitimating techniques used by the legal system to justify the assertion of sovereignty by centralised authorityKnowledge of a discipline
4utilise specific skills to predict the ways in which legal rules will be interpreted and applied, namely the theory of precedent and the rules governing the interpretation of statutesKnowledge of a discipline
5critique the role of the judiciary in the mystification and legitimisation of law and assess law's claims to be neutral and objectiveKnowledge of a discipline
6communicate face-to-face, online and in writing, with precision and clarity, utilising a variety of media to engage with the process of learningCommunication and social skills
7engage in collaborative group work with other students.Communication and social skills

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

  1. explain the ways in which legal and social phenomena are inter-related
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. critique law from a number of perspectives including ecological, feminist, post-modernist, multicultural and Indigenous perspectives
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. explain the various legitimating techniques used by the legal system to justify the assertion of sovereignty by centralised authority
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. utilise specific skills to predict the ways in which legal rules will be interpreted and applied, namely the theory of precedent and the rules governing the interpretation of statutes
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critique the role of the judiciary in the mystification and legitimisation of law and assess law's claims to be neutral and objective
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. communicate face-to-face, online and in writing, with precision and clarity, utilising a variety of media to engage with the process of learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. engage in collaborative group work with other students.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

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