LAWS6047

Legal System of Australia

10 Units

This course provides international students (i.e. those students who have completed their undergraduate legal education outside Australia) with an introduction to the broad structure and operation of the Australian legal system. The course includes an introduction to the Australian constitutional framework, and a review of the operation of the principle institutions comprising the Australian legal system. The operation of a common law legal system will be explored, with a focus on the interrelationship between statutory rules and case law. The role of international law in a domestic setting will be examined, with a specific focus on the Australian context. Several substantive areas of Australian law will be surveyed (including contract law, company law, criminal law, torts, property, and equity and trusts). Students will also receive instruction in the use of legal research tools to locate and retrieve primary legal source material in the Australian context.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the Australian constitutional framework, and the principle institutions comprising the Australian legal system;
  2. Identify and use sources of law appropriately in the Australian context including application of the doctrine of precedent and skills in statutory interpretation;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between international and domestic law in the Australian context;
  4. Examine the key areas of Australian law and critical awareness of the distinctive features of these areas.
  5. Use legal research tools, including electronic databases, to locate and retrieve primary legal source material in the Australian context.
Content

The topics in this course include:

  1. The Australian constitutional framework
  2. The operation of a common law legal system
  3. Sources of law in the Australian legal system
  4. Using legal research tools to locate and retrieve primary legal source material in the Australian context.
  5. The Australian Judicial System and the Doctrine of Precedent
  6. Statutory Interpretation
  7. The role of international law in the Australian context
  8. Contract law
  9. Company law
  10. Criminal law
  11. Torts
  12. Property
  13. Equity and trusts
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments
  • Formal Examination: Examination: Formal
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6047

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