- Code LAWS8311
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law, Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course in Occupational Health and Safety Law will provide students with an understanding of the legal regulation of workplace safety, especially the employer's common-law duty to maintain a safe workplace and the employer's obligations under occupational health and safety statutes.
The course will consider the problem of work-related injuries in the workplace, and the nature of workplace accidents. It will consider briefly the history of workplace safety regulation, including the failure of the common law to reduce accidents in the workplace and the Robens reforms on which modern safety laws are based. The course will also consider the recent attempts to harmonise OHS laws.
The focus of the course will then shift to an examination of the new model Work Health and Safety legislation enacted in 5 Australian jurisdictions. The course will provide students with the opportunity to be completely up-to-date with these important changes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, explain and examine the legal regulation of workplace safety and critically evaluate past attempts to regulate safety at work;
- Demonstrate understanding and knowledge and ability to distinguish and explain the main provisions of the model Work Health and Safety legislation;
- Identify, explain and critically evaluate the functions, interests and limitations of the model Work Health and Safety laws.
- Identify, examine and demonstrate critical analysis of the causes of workplace accidents; and
- Demonstrate , at masters level, the ability to 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 matters arising in occupational health and safety regulation.
- Class presentations on selected extracts from materials (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research paper of approximately 6,000 words (75) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is:
- Richard Johnstone and Michael Tooma: Work Health and Safety Regulation in Australia — the Model Act (Federation Press, 2012) (Hereafter J and T).
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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- 6 units
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