• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course aims to engender critical thought about the complex, subtle and still-evolving role of the High Court as a legal, political and social institution in the Australian constitutional system. The course will be structured around a number of topics and themes. These may include, for example: the creation of the High Court and its early struggle to assert itself; the appointment and removal of judges; landmark cases and their impact on the Court; and, the value of a biographical lens to the study of the Court and its role.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain, appraise and evaluate the High Court’s role and function in Australian history and contemporary society.
  2. Describe, analyse and critique the social, biographical, political, institutional and legal factors that have framed that function.
  3. Design, plan and execute a substantial piece of written scholarship, with some independence
  4. Utilise legal databases and other reference sources to research relevant materials (including, for example, case law, legislation, scholarly journal articles and books).
  5. Consistently and accurately use legal citation conventions in the course of legal writing
  6. Engage in communication and debate with peers and staff in ways which respect social and cultural diversity.

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. A Reflective Class Paper (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Research Essay (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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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 LAWS2204 Property. OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2204/LAWS6204 Property. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8246 The High Court of Australia.

Prescribed Texts

There will be no dedicated textbook for this course. A variety of resource materials will be placed on the course Wattle site, and extensive recommended readings will be placed on short-term reserve.

In addition, the single most useful reference work, with particular value as a concise introduction to most topics, is Tony Blackshield, Michael Coper and George Williams (eds), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia (OUP, 2001).

Preliminary Reading

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.

Assumed Knowledge

A visit to the High Court of Australia, and observation of its operations is recommended but not essential.

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

There are no current offerings for this course.

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