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Study Period1,2,3,4,5,6
Study Period1,2,3,4,5,6

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Provides students with a thorough introduction to the institutions and processes which have formed and influence the ongoing development of law in Australia, including their history, context and contemporary relevance. The unit also equips students with the skills to find, interpret, critique and apply law in both its adjudicative and legislative modes.

Unit content

Topic 1: The Anglo-Australian legal system 

Topic 2: Sources of law

Topic 3: Research and writing in law

Topic 4: Judge-made law (common law)

Topic 5: Statute law (legislation)

Topic 6: Law in practice

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:
1 describe the historical foundations of Anglo-Australian law, including an understanding of the historical and contemporary relevance of Indigenous legal systems in Australia
2 describe the ways in which formal law-making bodies function in the Australian context
3 demonstrate familiarity with the formal and informal institutions and processes which shape the development of Australian law
4 analyse and critique the operation of Australian legal institutions from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives
5 demonstrate an understanding of how to approach legal problems involving the application of judicial precedents and/or the interpretation of statutes
6 engage in legal research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources.

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

  1. describe the historical foundations of Anglo-Australian law, including an understanding of the historical and contemporary relevance of Indigenous legal systems in Australia
  2. describe the ways in which formal law-making bodies function in the Australian context
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the formal and informal institutions and processes which shape the development of Australian law
  4. analyse and critique the operation of Australian legal institutions from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives
  5. demonstrate an understanding of how to approach legal problems involving the application of judicial precedents and/or the interpretation of statutes
  6. engage in legal research utilising and acknowledging a variety of sources.

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.