• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Ron Levy
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2022
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This course is designed to give students an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in Australian constitutional law. Issues will be examined both from a practical and theoretical dimension.

The contemporary topics examined in the course may change each year, to reflect constitutional law developments and the interest of participants. Illustrative examples of issues that could be covered at present include:

  • the implied right to vote;
  • recent implied freedom of political communication cases;
  • Pape v Commissioner of Taxation, Williams v Commonwealth and the nature of executive power;
  • section 96 grants;
  • referrals of power and other cooperative schemes;
  • Momcilovic v The Queen;
  • section 109 inconsistency;
  • same-sex marriage;
  • the position of the territories;
  • minority government;
  • constitutional interpretation;
  • proportionality;
  • use of comparative and international law;
  • procedural issues, including agreeing to facts;
  • the role of interveners and amicus curiae; and
  •  constitutional change.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and understanding of the range of current issues currently influencing developments in the Australian constitutional law;
  2. Explain, critically analyse and integrate that knowledge and understanding so as to evaluate and anticipate future developments in Australian constitutional law;
  3. Identify, review and critically contribute, using a range of research principles and methods, to scholarly discussion on principles and practices underlying current developments in constitutional law;
  4. Investigate and analyse the interrelationships between recent developments in constitutional law and its influence on broader public law principles;
  5. Generate and critically analyse knowledge of constitutional law principles and demonstrate application to a variety of complex problems in both practical and theoretical contexts; and
  6. Plan, research and critically analyse and evaluate legal scholarship and other material discussing recent developments to produce a professional piece of written work.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research Essay (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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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) 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

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. Readings/E brick will be made available on Wattle two weeks prior to the course commencement date.

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

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1572 06 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021 07 Jan 2022 21 Jan 2022 Online or In Person N/A

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