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Gold Coast
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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

Module 1: Legal Education and the Politics of Law

Module 2: Australian Legal Institutions and the Assertion of Colonial Law

Module 3: Statutory Interpretation

Module 4: Precedent and the Common Law

Module 5: Access, Equality and Official Discretion

Module 6: The State of Exception

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
4demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively 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. demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with other students.

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Teaching and assessment

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

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