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Gold Coast
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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1critique the law from a number of theoretical perspectives, exploring how legal and social phenomena are inter-related; the role of the judiciary in mystifying and legitimising law, and law’s claims to be neutral and objective
2utilise 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
3communicate face-to-face, online and in writing, with precision and clarity, utilising a variety of media to engage with the process of learning
4engage in collaborative group work with other students.

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

  1. critique the law from a number of theoretical perspectives, exploring how legal and social phenomena are inter-related; the role of the judiciary in mystifying and legitimising law, and law’s claims to be neutral and objective
  2. 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
  3. communicate face-to-face, online and in writing, with precision and clarity, utilising a variety of media to engage with the process of learning
  4. engage in collaborative group work with other students.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

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

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Presentation20%
Reflective writing20%
Exam: open book60%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Presentation20%
Reflective writing20%
Exam: open book60%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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International

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