Equal Opportunity Law

10 Units

This course deals with the concepts, institutions, legal principles, practice and jurisprudence of Australian federal and state anti-discrimination law. Topics include the theoretical framework and historical development of equal opportunity protection in Australia, constitutional considerations, an overview of the Australian equal opportunity scheme, proving direct and indirect discrimination, sexual, racial, disability and age discrimination, sexual harassment and unlawful vilification.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate specialised expertise in statutory interpretation in its application to Australia’s equal opportunity laws;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated capacity to analyse and synthesise primary and secondary legal data effectively;
  3. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to prepare and present cogent and nuanced arguments, both orally and in writing;
  4. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to identify legal issues, adduce relevant legal principles and rule and apply these to hypothetical problems based on federal and state equal opportunity law.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Theoretical framework and historical development of qual opportunity protection in Australia
  2. The Impact of the Australian Constitution on Anti-Discrimination Law
  3. Proving Direct and Indirect Discrimination
  4. Racial Discrimination
  5. Sex Discrimination
  6. Disability Discrimination
  7. Age Discrimination
  8. Sexual Harassment
  9. Vilification Laws
  • Students must have completed or be enrolled in LEGL6004. Students must also be enrolled in Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Human Resources and Law.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Hypothetical problem # 1
  • Written Assignment: Hypothetical Problem # 2

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks
Face to face on campus in intensive mode 7 x 3 hour seminar or workshop sessions.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6098
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