• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof James Stellios
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    See Future Offerings

This course will introduce students to Chapter III of the Constitution. Chapter III is at the centre of the constitutional structures of government in Australia. Its provisions create the federal judicature and define the way in which it operates. Its interpretation has had a pivotal role in the design and operation of all institutions of government at the federal, State and Territory levels. Chapter III controversies have been at the core of many of the High Court's important cases over the last 10 to 15 years. All students, particularly those considering a career in litigation, should have a strong understanding of the federal judicial system. This course is designed to equip students with that understanding.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and summarise in a coherent and advanced fashion , and be able to explain to a variety of audiences: o the reasons why Ch III takes the form that it does; o the nature of judicial power and how it is exercised in Australia; o the governmental structures created by Ch III, both through the theoretical and doctrinal lenses of separation of judicial power and federalism; o how Ch III imposes limitations on the creation of government institutions at both the federal and State levels a
  2. Plan and conduct research with some form of independence in the form of a research essay;
  3. Apply the Ch III principles to a factual situation in the form of a take-home exam to identify legal issues and provide solutions to complex constitutional problems; and
  4. Move forward into their chosen professional career with a coherent and advanced understanding of how the federal judicial system operates.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Take-home exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2202/LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law.

Prescribed Texts

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.

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
2020 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1423 09 Dec 2019 09 Dec 2019 03 Jan 2020 14 Feb 2020 In Person View

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