• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Ron Levy
    • Dr Moeen Cheema
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2021
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This course explores the methodology and substance of comparative constitutional law. Attention will be given to several constitutional schemes including those of the United States and the United Kingdom, which have historically served as models for constitutional structures in many jurisdictions including especially Australia and other parts of the Commonwealth.  

This course will also consider variations on common constitutional themes as well as context-driven divergences in several other jurisdictions in Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

The framework for analysis will include questions as to when, how and why to compare constitutions, and an analysis of the vastly different constitutional arrangements that govern the relationship between the state, society and citizens across the world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, analyse and explain theoretical knowledge and understanding of the range of constitutional models throughout the world;
  2. Investigate, synthesise and critically evaluate the role and relevance of constitutional comparison;
  3. Interpret and critically examine contextually, the current trends towards protecting human rights in the Australian legal systems, and in other legal systems;
  4. Identify, evaluate and review the accomplishments and shortcomings of the Australian constitutional system through a comparative lens; and
  5. Plan, design and execute a research project that identifies, critically examines and communicates comparative analysis to complex theoretical issues and practical problems in constitutional schemes, demonstrating relevant research principles and techniques.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Paper (4000 words) (50%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. In-class Group Assignment (30%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Class Participation (20%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM); Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP); OR Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL) 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.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3551 19 Apr 2021 30 Apr 2021 30 Apr 2021 11 Jun 2021 Online N/A

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