This course is an essential element in gaining an understanding of Australia's legal system. It explores the main elements of public and private law that make up the Australian Legal system with an emphasis on how those principles apply to the role of government. The course is designed to build on the understanding of the Australian legal system introduced in the Law and Legal Systems course. Students completing this course will have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to enrol in the other more specialist courses in government and regulation.
The course will include:
1. An introduction to the concept of regulation and mechanisms used to achieve regulatory outcomes.
2. the ability to find and interpret various regulatory sources, including legislation, industry codes, and court judgements, and anticipate or recognise their regulatory intent;
3. an understanding of the influence of underlying constitutional and institutional frameworks in which those regulatory sources operate, including the role of private law.
This course is a prerequisite for students without a law degree who wish to study further courses in the government and regulation stream. It is an introductory course. Students with a law degree, particularly international students, who want to revisit some of the foundational elements of the Australian legal framework, and particularly public law, are encouraged to discuss the course with the convenor prior to enrolment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- The federal division of powers, the role of the High Court, the nature and limitations upon Commonwealth legislative powers, grounds for constitutional invalidity, the structure of the executive and the nature of judicial power,
- In-class participation, including participation in group exercises (10) [LO 1]
- Take Home Exam (50) [LO 1]
- Essay on topic selected by convenor or students choice (40) [LO 1]
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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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 TextsThere is no prescribed text for this course.
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.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
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.
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.