LLM533 Fundamentals of Australia's Common Law System

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule a or b - non-Australian); or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule c)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LAW100 or LLM633 or LS100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Unit Description

In this unit students are introduced to the key features of Australia's legal system. It will examine Australia's legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, federalism, the Australian legal profession and selected principles of Australian public, private and procedural law. Students will also practise basic legal skills in reading case law, interpreting statutes, answering legal problems and researching and citing the law.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad, coherent and thorough understanding of the nature and scope of Australia's legal and political institutions; and the sources of law; and the relationship between case law and statute law;
  2. use autonomy to demonstrate a well-developed ability to read and analyse cases, understand the process by which case law evolves; and be able to evaluate and prioritise their relevance to a hypothetical situation;
  3. use initiative and judgement to critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate a persuasive and coherent legal argument that applies the principles of statutory interpretation and that communicates the role of the judiciary in interpreting legislation; and
  4. demonstrate an ability to access both domestic and international databases, employing the skills of legal research techniques to critically analyse and evaluate information, and coherently communicate independent exposition of complex legal issues and situations.