• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in Australian constitutional law. Issues will be examined both from a practical and theoretical dimension.

The contemporary topics examined in the course may change each year, to reflect constitutional law developments and the interest of participants. Illustrative examples of issues that could be covered at present include:

  • the implied right to vote;
  • recent implied freedom of political communication cases;
  • Pape v Commissioner of Taxation, Williams v Commonwealth and the nature of executive power;
  • section 96 grants;
  • referrals of power and other cooperative schemes;
  • Momcilovic v The Queen;
  • section 109 inconsistency;
  • same-sex marriage;
  • the position of the territories;
  • minority government;
  • constitutional interpretation;
  • proportionality;
  • use of comparative and international law;
  • procedural issues, including agreeing to facts;
  • the role of interveners and amicus curiae; and
  •  constitutional change.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course students will have:

  • an extended appreciation of the range of current issues currently influencing developments in Australian constitutional law;
  • the capacity to integrate that appreciation so as to anticipating future developments;
  • the ability to contribute to the scholarly discussion surrounding current developments in constitutional law;
  • extended their knowledge of constitutional law principles and developed their ability to apply them in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts;
  • critically analysed legal scholarship and other material discussing recent developments; and
  • appreciated the interrelationships between recent developments and their influence on fundamental constitutional law and broader public law principles.

Other Information

Students will be asked to participate in on-line discussion and development of assessment tasks using the ANU’s wattle learning environment prior to the commencement of the face-to-face component of the course. More details will be available in the course outline.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, 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

The course will involve 4 days of intensive face to face discussion as well as extensive use of on-line materials and discussion.

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 in 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 8015 OR You must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses and have completed LAWS1205

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the course outline which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9667 17 Nov 2016 17 Nov 2016 02 Dec 2016 20 Jan 2017 In Person N/A

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