• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Mr Daniel Stewart
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    See Future Offerings

This course is an essential element in gaining an understanding of Australia's legal system. It explores the main elements of public and private law that make up the Australian Legal system with an emphasis on how those principles apply to the role of government. The course is designed to build on the understanding of the Australian legal system introduced in the Law and Legal Systems course. Students completing this course will have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to enrol in the other more specialist courses in government and regulation.

The course will include:

1.    An introduction to the concept of regulation and mechanisms used to achieve regulatory outcomes.
2.    the ability to find and interpret various regulatory sources, including legislation, industry codes, and court judgements, and anticipate or recognise their regulatory intent;
3.    an understanding of the influence of underlying constitutional and institutional frameworks in which those regulatory sources operate, including the role of private law.

This course is a prerequisite for students without a law degree who wish to study further courses in the government and regulation stream. It is an introductory course. Students with a law degree, particularly international students, who want to revisit some of the foundational elements of the Australian legal framework, and particularly public law, are encouraged to discuss the course with the convenor prior to enrolment.
 

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
  1. Explain and distinguish the concept of regulation and the different mechanisms used to implement or achieve regulatory objectives.
  2. Identify and use a range of appropriate legal sources to find and interpret various regulatory sources, including legislation, industry codes, and court judgements, and anticipate or recognise their regulatory intent;
  3. Identify, analyse and reflect on the influence of underlying constitutional and institutional frameworks in which those regulatory sources operate, including:
    • The federal division of powers, the role of the High Court, the nature and limitations upon Commonwealth legislative powers, grounds for constitutional invalidity, the structure of the executive and the nature of judicial power,
    • The history and development of the administrative law system, accountability in an administrative state, the framework for administrative law review of government decision-making, methods of administrative review and the role of subordinate legislation,
    • The main forms of business entities and an introduction to property, negligence and contract law, including formation of contract, contractual terms and termination and breach of contract.
  4. Recognise and critically evaluate how principles of private and public law interact with concerns relating to subjectivity and unfairness, the role of different organisational forms, establishing markets and enhancing the role of competition, impact of international obligations, and relations between Commonwealth, State and local governments.
  5. Plan and execute a research project examining the legal framework of a regulatory scheme related to those examined in the course.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment is likely to include:
  1. In-class participation, including participation in group exercises - 10%
  2. Take Home Exam – 50%
  3. Essay on topic selected by convenor or students choice– 40%
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 OR You must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS) Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL) Master of International Law (7310XMINTL) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317XMLGD) Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMDIPL, 7893XMINTL)

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Indicative Reading List

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5754 05 Apr 2016 05 Apr 2016 15 Apr 2016 20 Apr 2016 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6641 12 Aug 2016 12 Aug 2016 26 Aug 2016 27 Sep 2016 In Person

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