• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Moeen Cheema
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

This course explores the methodology and substance of comparative constitutional law. Attention will be given to several constitutional schemes including those of the United States and the United Kingdom, which have historically served as models for constitutional structures in many jurisdictions including especially Australia and other parts of the Commonwealth.  

This course will also consider variations on common constitutional themes as well as context-driven divergences in several other jurisdictions in Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

The framework for analysis will include questions as to when, how and why to compare constitutions, and an analysis of the vastly different constitutional arrangements that govern the relationship between the state, society and citizens across the world.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who have successfully completed this course will:

  • have a better understanding of the range of constitutional models throughout the world
  • have an appreciation of the role and relevance of constitutional comparison
  • contextualise the current trends towards protecting human rights in the Australian and other legal systems
  • understand the accomplishments and shortcomings of the Australian constitutional system through a comparative lens

Indicative Assessment

It is anticipated that the assessment will comprise:

  1. Take-home exam - 75%
  2. Option of class presentation or current issues portfolio assignment - 15%
  3. Class participation - 10%

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Workload

Twenty-six hours of intensive classes plus private study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) or you must be studying one of the following programs Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) AND have completed LAWS8015.

Prescribed Texts

It is proposed to use Vicki C Jackson and Mark Tushnet, Comparative Constitutional Law, Foundation Press, 2nd ed, 2006.

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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5760 04 Jul 2014 04 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 30 Aug 2014 In Person N/A

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