This is an advanced constitutional law elective. The content of this course will vary. In recent years, the course has explored constitutional rights and the federal judicature in Chapter III of the constitution.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Outline and summarise how constitutional law shapes democracy and democratic institutions in Australia and contrast it to systems in other countries;
2. Recognise and explain problems raised by the use of constitutional law to regulate democratic institutions, including partisan battles over the interpretation of legal rules, and the often elusive search for neutral decision-makers;
3. Evaluate how national or state political culture and unwritten constitutional norms play a role in shaping democracy and democratic institutions, and in turn how constitutional laws and institutions help shape political culture and norms;
4. Outline, summarise and/or synthesise advanced and coherent knowledge of the constitutional laws impacting on elections, voting, political finance, parliament, and political parties, and critique those laws in terms of democratic strengths and deficits;
5. Identify and analyse which aspects of constitutional law are most relevant to issues of political partisanship and political system fairness;
6. Question and research with some independence to produce a ‘Law Reform Paper’ on a sub-topic of constitutional law relevant to themes covered in the course;
7. Communicate law reform ideas to a variety of audiences.
Indicative Assessment• Law Reform Paper (60 marks)
• Reading Responses (10 marks each x 3): Critical reflection on class readings, due 4pm the day before any three of seven seminars.
• Workshop on work-in-progress (10 marks, pass/fail): Informal discussion to aid students in Law Reform Paper development.”
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3526||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|