• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Anne Macduff
    • AsPr Judith Jones
    • AsPr Miriam Gani
    • Wendy Kukulies-Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
    First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

Please note; the Summer offering of this course is only available to Juris Doctor (JD) students.

This course must be taken in the commencing semester of a student's LLB or JD enrolment. Students commencing their legal studies in Semester One are expected to undertake Foundations of Australian Law with LAWS1203 Torts. Students commencing their legal studies in Semester Two are expected to undertake Foundations of Australian Law with LAWS1204 Contracts. This is because the content in the relevant companion course is utilised in various ways in Foundations of Australian Law.

Foundations of Australian Law is designed to lay the groundwork for the remainder of students' legal studies. In particular, the course aims to assist students to develop a range of legal skills that are crucial for successful legal studies and for professional practice. Students learn the essential skills that enable them to engage with and utilise our principal sources of law - case law and legislation. In addition to teaching students how to analyse case law and legislation in order to formulate legal arguments the course also covers the key legal principles of statutory interpretation and the role of the courts in interpreting statutes.

To set the context for these sources of Australian law, the course also seeks to familiarise students with (1) some of the fundamental features of the legal institutions that generate laws (the courts and the Parliament); (2) sources of Australian law in addition to case law and legislation (including the Australian Constitution, customary law and international law); and (3) the historical and social forces that have shaped and continue to shape the law-making process and the legal system.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
  • discuss and explain the sources of law in Australia
  • discuss the historical and social context of the institutions of the Australian legal system and the process of law-making
  • formulate oral and written arguments in response to questions about the Australian legal system and the process of law-making
  • identify and discuss legal principles obtained from reading and analysing selected case law (including case law from the relevant companion course - see note above)
  • utilise methods of legal reasoning to apply relevant legal principles for the purpose of advising on legal problems
  • identify, discuss and apply the principles of statutory interpretation
  • engage in legal research utilizing a variety of legal research sources, including legal databases, in order to research case law, legislation and scholarly journal articles.
  • use legal citation conventions appropriately  in the course of legal writing
  • reflect critically on case law, legislation and the Australian legal system.
  • utilise feedback to critically reflect on their own developing legal skills and understanding.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment for this course will include skills-based exercises and assignments during semester followed by a final examination.  Details of the final assessment will be provided on the course home page by the first week of semester or on enrolment for the Summer offering (JD students only).

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

Semester offering - A two-hour seminar each week, four one-hour research skills tutorials and a mixture of lecture and other learning activities delivered live and/or in a variety of flexible formats (equivalent to a further hour per week).Summer offering - intensive loading of approximately 2x2hour seminars per day for two weeks plus library research tutorials. Refer to study guide.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or the Juris Doctor Program (7330).

Preliminary Reading

None.

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1626
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1596 23 Jan 2014 23 Jan 2014 31 Jan 2014 14 Feb 2014 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3145 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7141 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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