• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prue Bindon
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2022
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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:

  • An introduction to the concept of regulation and mechanisms used to achieve regulatory outcomes.
  • The ability to find and interpret various regulatory sources, including legislation, industry codes, and court judgements, and anticipate or recognise their regulatory intent;
  • 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.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically assess and evaluate the different mechanisms used to implement or achieve regulatory objectives.
  2. Identify and interpret regulatory sources, including legislation, industry codes, and court judgments, and predict or critically evaluate their regulatory intent.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of underlying constitutional and institutional frameworks that influence the operation of key regulatory sources.
  4. Compare and critically evaluate how principles of private and public law interact with key features of the regulatory environment; eg, concerns relating to subjectivity and unfairness, the role of different organisational forms, steps to enhance the role of competition, the impact of international obligations, and relations between levels of government.
  5. Demonstrate effective and efficient legal research skills, finding and using different types of source material to prepare the assessment.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class participation, including participation in group exercises (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Take Home Assessment Task (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Essay on topic selected by convenor or students choice (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


  • 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 three 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) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. 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 code.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

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.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6499 07 Nov 2022 08 Nov 2022 18 Nov 2022 03 Jan 2023 Online or In Person View

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