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Unit of Study LAW10157 - Australian Legal System (2020)

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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:

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify the role of law in society and classify the various areas of the law;
2 demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the Australian legal system, including federalism, parliamentary sovereignty, separation of powers, rule of law, statutory interpretation the doctrine of precedent and procedural fairness;
3 understand the historical, social and political context of the foundations of the Australian legal system and evaluate whether it achieves equality before the law for groups, such as women, Indigenous peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, gays and lesbians, and children;
4 identify the broad scope of the law and how law enforcement in practice impacts on individuals and groups;
5 assess the role of the paralegal in the practice of law;
6 identify how the law is made and the institutions and processes that influence change;
7 demonstrate academic writing skills including critical analysis.

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

  1. identify the role of law in society and classify the various areas of the law;
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the Australian legal system, including federalism, parliamentary sovereignty, separation of powers, rule of law, statutory interpretation the doctrine of precedent and procedural fairness;
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. understand the historical, social and political context of the foundations of the Australian legal system and evaluate whether it achieves equality before the law for groups, such as women, Indigenous peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, gays and lesbians, and children;
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. identify the broad scope of the law and how law enforcement in practice impacts on individuals and groups;
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. assess the role of the paralegal in the practice of law;
    • GA4:
  6. identify how the law is made and the institutions and processes that influence change;
    • GA4:
  7. demonstrate academic writing skills including critical analysis.
    • GA6:

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