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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Examines one or more legal systems that are different to the Australian legal system. Will provide an insight into the similarities and differences between these other legal systems and the Australian legal system in order to enable students to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of these other legal systems with the Australian legal system.

Unit content

Topic l: History, scope and concerns of Comparative Law.
Topic 2: Legal Pluralism.
Topic 3: Methods.
Topic 4: Systems, families, traditions.
Topic 5: The Western legal tradition: the Common Law family.
Topic 6: The Western legal tradition: the Civil Law family.
Topic 7: The Western legal tradition: Socialist systems.
Topic 8: Levantine legal traditions.
Topic 9: Eastern legal traditions.
Topic 10: Indigenous legal traditions.
Topic 11: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders legal traditions.
Topic 12: Reflections.

 

 

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 compare and contrast the legal system of one or more countries and Australia;
2 recognise and analyse the concepts which are necessary to become independent learners
3 describe and explain the function of each legal system and its role in the development of a mature legal system
4 apply high levels of analytical skill to the reading of primary and secondary materials in order to determine the major legal issues and themes in each legal system
5 demonstrate analytical skills in conducting legal research in relation to each legal system and written skills in the presentation of research

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

  1. compare and contrast the legal system of one or more countries and Australia;
    • GA4:
  2. recognise and analyse the concepts which are necessary to become independent learners
    • GA5:
  3. describe and explain the function of each legal system and its role in the development of a mature legal system
    • GA4:
  4. apply high levels of analytical skill to the reading of primary and secondary materials in order to determine the major legal issues and themes in each legal system
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate analytical skills in conducting legal research in relation to each legal system and written skills in the presentation of research
    • GA7: