The course aims to engender critical thought about the complex, subtle and still-evolving role of the High Court as a legal, political and social institution in the Australian constitutional system. The course will be structured around a number of topics and themes. These may include, for example: the creation of the High Court and its early struggle to assert itself; the appointment and removal of judges; landmark cases and their impact on the Court; and, the value of a biographical lens to the study of the Court and its role.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, appraise and evaluate the High Court’s role and function in Australian history and contemporary society.
- Describe, analyse and critique the social, biographical, political, institutional and legal factors that have framed that function.
- Design, plan and execute a substantial piece of scholarship, with some independence.
- Utilise legal databases and other reference sources to research relevant materials (including, for example, case law, legislation, scholarly journal articles and books).
- Engage in communication and debate with peers and staff in ways which respect social and cultural diversity.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours).
- A Reflective Class Paper (20) [LO 1,2]
- Research Essay (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 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. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
There will be no dedicated textbook for this course. A variety of resource materials will be placed on the course Wattle site, and extensive recommended readings will be placed on short-term reserve.
In addition, the single most useful reference work, with particular value as a concise introduction to most topics, is Tony Blackshield, Michael Coper and George Williams (eds), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia (OUP, 2001).
Assumed KnowledgeA visit to the High Court of Australia, and observation of its operations is recommended but not essential.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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