• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ryan Goss
    • Matthew Zagor
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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This course in Australian Public Law reflects the distinctive vision of the ANU JD program in which the study of Australian Public Law is a compulsory part. It also reflects the particular emphasis that the ANU College of Law gives to the study and research of Australian Public Law, which ultimately is reflected in the research of the ANU College of Law and in organisations such as the Centre for International and Public Law. The study of Australian Public Law at a relatively early stage in JD studies will open a pathway into a range of additional law courses and opportunities, and to thinking about opportunities beyond the JD too. To that end, LAWS 6105 has a strong focus on foundational aspects of the discipline of Australian Public Law.

Australian Public Law deals with many aspects of the functioning of the key constitutional institutions of government at the national, state, and territory levels, and how those institutions interact with one another and with the Australian people. The wide-ranging impact of Australian Public Law on the Australian legal system and on Australian  governmental, judicial and social activities means that a basic knowledge of the terminology, institutions, and substance of Australian Public Law is not only worthwhile acquiring in its own right, but is also a necessary part of the knowledge and skills of any law graduate, and of any citizen of a democratic society. This makes Australian Public Law of considerable interest, whether you choose to go into the private practice of law, to work as a government or public lawyer, or are undertaking a law degree because you consider it will be useful in another career. This JD course in Australian Public Law is designed to provide you with an understanding of the core essentials of this area of law, and to provide you with the foundations for further reflection on, and study of, topics in this area.
 

Learning Outcomes

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

• By the conclusion of this course, it is expected that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
• Define, explain, distinguish and apply the basic concepts and advanced terminology used in Australian Public Law;
• Define and distinguish amongst the core constitutional concepts which shape Australian Public Law, and amongst the three branches of government into which our constitutional institutions are organised;
• Define, explain and apply the key foundational concepts and doctrines of Australian Public Law and be able to reflect at an advanced level on how those concepts and doctrines shape contemporary legal and political disputes;
• Define and contrast the different ways in which the branches of government operate, and reflect on the different ways in which Commonwealth, State, and Territory governments operate;
• Recognise and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of how the different branches and levels of government operate, and hypothesise about possible reforms with a specialist’s nuance and against a sophisticated theoretical background;
• Explain and demonstrate, through expert analysis of particular cases, the relevance of Australian Public Law to current political and legal developments at the national and state/territory levels;
• Select and apply a range of approaches in written communication, and apply the sophisticated and technical critical thinking required to bring about creative solutions to complex legal problems at the most significant and specialised national level; and
• Use, interpret and apply a wide range of materials in both on-line and traditional media from scholarly and more news-oriented sources.


Indicative Assessment

Research ‘Close Study’ Essay (this will be a research essay requiring close and advanced engagement with one of a number of identified constitutional law cases or theoretical scholarly writings) 40%
Class Participation Quizzes (conducted over the course of the semester via Wattle) 10%
Problem Question Exam (ideally, a Take-Home During Exam Block) 50%

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Workload

Semester 1 offering - For the first six weeks, there will be one two-hour and one one-hour lecture. Tutorials will begin in the seventh week, taking the place of the one-hour lecture for the next six weeks. Plus three mastercalsses held throughout the semester. Semester 2 offering - Three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Juris Doctor and must have completed LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law, or completed LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3715 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 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
8713 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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