- Code LAWS8589
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law, Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course considers the relationship between the State and religion and, specifically, the ways in which the State – directly or indirectly – regulates the activities of religious groups in Australia through legislative and doctrinal mechanisms.
The course begins with an overview of the framework within which such regulation occurs, including constitutional and human rights protections of freedom of religion, the constitution and legal standing of religious entities, the courts’ jurisdiction over, and approach to, religious diversity, and the status of religious legal systems. The course then focuses upon doctrinal and legislative regulation of religious groups.
Topics covered will include the regulation of religious financing (particularly through charity law), religious education, religious spaces and the protection of information divulged in the context of religious relationships. The course may also include the regulation of religion in the context of family law, anti-discrimination law and employment law. There will be some comparative content. The course does not cover regulation of religious activity through the criminal law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
- Identify, describe, theorise and critically evaluate, in writing, fundamental themes and questions underlying the regulation of religious activities in Australia and globally;
- Identify, explain, theorise and critically examine in writing specific examples of the regulation of religion in Australia through doctrine and/or legislation;
- Demonstrate the critical, technical and creative skills to communicate practical knowledge and understanding of concepts and regulation to different audiences; and
- Plan and execute a research project to demonstrate legal research principles and methodologies in applying critical analysis and application of legal principles and practice to complex issues arising in relation to regulation of religious activities.
This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM Masters Program 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 AssessmentIt is likely the assessment will consist of:
- Research Essay 1, 3,000 words: 40%.
- Research Essay 2, 4,500 words: 60%, including:
- written topic proposal of 500 words worth 10%, and
- essay of 4,000 words, worth 50%).
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Workload26 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.
Please see the LLM Masters Program timetable
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
Assumed KnowledgeIt will be assumed that students have a basic ability to read and understand cases, legislation, historical material and scholarly commentary on doctrinal and conceptual legal issues.
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- 6 units
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