• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Judith Harrison
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2019
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Interested in how laws, legal work or legal practice affect people and outcomes in regional, rural and remote (RRR) areas in Australia or other parts of the world? Interested in where lawyers and others, whose work or activities affect RRR areas are located and why this may matter?  

The course asks how laws, legal work and legal practices operate and affect what may be achieved by individuals and groups, businesses and governments, communities and communities of interest - in and in relation to regional, rural and remote areas. 

Come and explore whether, how and why RRR legal problems are different and how creative thinking and creative practices can help you address RRR legal issues in new ways.

The course will help you conceptualise the roles lawyers play in relation to law and legal issues in RRR areas. Using a lens of complexity focusing on linkages, systems and inter-connections and using cutting edge tools such as problem representation, problem patterns and reflexivity, you will explore how laws and legal work in many locations, sectors and contexts relate to the RRR. Around the other way, you will use tools to explore how those in RRR areas may draw on legal and other resources within and outside the RRR. 

You will also explore how international, economic, political and other dimensions and developments can affect the RRR, how law and lawyers in the international are involved and how issues may vary between countries and locations around the world. 

This course will challenge you to further develop and apply your knowledge, skills and creativity to help unpack and work on RRR legal problems. This includes endemic, systemic and structural legal problems being problems which are entrenched, persistent and strongly associated with adverse outcomes. 

The course will enable you to experience and participate in a dynamic community of practice in relation to these issues.  

Topics in the course include: 

  • Conceptual approaches to the regional, rural and remote (RRR) and their effects
  • Exploring who works on RRR legal and related issues, where and what is involved  
  • Identifying factors which affect how laws operate in RRR areas and the effects
  • Characterisations of RRR legal problems, implications and effects 
  • Roles of lawyers, lawyering types and outcomes for RRR clients, law and justice 
  • Working on endemic, structural and systemic RRR legal problems 
  • Adaptability, resourcefulness and creativity as tools in addressing RRR law, lawyering and justice issues 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and critically analyse, in written and/or oral form, a complex body of knowledge including recent developments, in the area of law, lawyers, justice - regional, rural and remote (RRR);
  2. Apply research principles and scholarship to research, critically and creatively analyse, and reflect on complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the area of law, lawyers, justice - RRR;
  3. Interpret, conceptualise and articulate for specialist and non-specialist audiences, client and stakeholder problems and positions relevant to current issues in the area of law, lawyers, justice - RRR;
  4. Demonstrate expertise, creativity and initiative to theorise, develop and distil effective options in the area of law, lawyers, justice - RRR applied to particular problems which encompasses legalities, practicalities, risks and alternatives;
  5. Apply advanced knowledge and skills autonomously and ethically, displaying expert judgment, adaptability, responsibility and self-critique as a learner and practitioner in relation to problems in law, lawyers, justice - RRR;
  6. Plan and complete a substantial research project applying expert critical and reflective engagement with concepts in law, lawyers, justice - RRR, problem analysis, legal research, legal principles and legal writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will include: (null) [LO null]
  2. - 40% Short research and analytical contributions to discussion topics (40) [LO null]
  3. - 20% Class presentation (online) (20) [LO null]
  4. - 40% Research essay or an advice or submission (40) [LO null]

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This is a 6-unit course, which is considered to have the equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 6/48 = 0.125.  The number of hours allocated to an EFTSL of 0.125 is 10 — 12 hours per week.

This is a wholly online course. It will require continuous online participation as students will be required to participate in discussion forums and other activities in order to satisfy course requirements.

Where required, students will be expected to participate online in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

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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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5656 01 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019 21 Jun 2019 Online View

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