• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Judith Jones
    • Dr Michelle Worthington
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

This course must be taken in the commencing semester of a student's LLB program. Students commencing their legal studies in Semester One are expected to undertake Foundations of Australian Law with LAWS1203 Torts. Students commencing their legal studies in Semester Two are expected to undertake Foundations of Australian Law with LAWS1204 Contracts. This is because the content in the relevant companion course is utilised in various ways in Foundations of Australian Law.

Foundations of Australian Law is designed to lay the groundwork for the remainder of students' legal studies. In particular, the course aims to assist students to develop a range of legal skills that are crucial for successful legal studies and for professional practice. Students learn the essential skills that enable them to engage with and use our principal sources of law - case law and legislation. In addition to teaching students how to analyse case law and legislation and to formulate legal arguments, the course also covers the key legal principles of statutory interpretation and the role of the courts in interpreting statutes.


To set the context for these sources of Australian law, the course also seeks to familiarise students with:

  1. some of the fundamental features of the legal institutions that generate laws (the courts and the Parliament);
  2. sources of Australian law in addition to case law and legislation (including the Australian Constitution, customary law and international law); and
  3. the historical and social forces that have shaped and continue to shape the law-making process and the legal system.


This course meets the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee Statement on Statutory Interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate and analyse the sources of law and the legal system in Australia.
  2. Examine the historical and social context of the institutions of the Australian legal system, incorporating a range of perspectives which recognise and value diverse culture and traditions.
  3. Formulate oral and written arguments in response to questions about the Australian legal system and the process of law-making.
  4. Select and implement methods of legal reasoning and statutory interpretation to generate legally defensible conclusions with respect to legal problems.
  5. Engage in legal research, legal writing and citation conventions, utilising a variety of legal research sources, including legal databases, in order to reflect critically on case law, legislation and scholarly journal articles.
  6. Utilise feedback to critically reflect on their own developing legal skills and understanding.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the Class Summary and on the course WATTLE page. (null) [LO null]

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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 Bachelor of Laws (ALLB)

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.

Alternately, this information will be in the class summary when published.

 

Students are strongly encouraged to log-on to the University’s online learning platform and the course Wattle site at the earliest opportunity. Two weeks prior to the start of semester, the LAWS1201/LAWS6101 FOUNDATIONS OF AUSTRALIAN LAW Wattle site will be available and it will contain detailed information about seminar times, seminar enrolment and other important communications.

Fees

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:
34
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2213 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5202 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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