LLM599 Special Studies

Updated: 31 January 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

Trimester 2: This is a repeatable unit. However, the unit cannot be undertaken more than once in any one teaching period.

This unit offers you an opportunity to build the knowledge, skills, and critical sensibility you will need to engage in on-going analysis of American law, politics and policy. This unit will investigate various aspects of American constitutional law and will enable students to gain insights into American law and politics during the during the 2020 American Presidential election. Recently, the American institutions and rule of law have come under increasing stress due to political polarisation, culture wars and the degradation of public discourse. Using case and statute law as well as comparisons to Australian Constitutional law and legal doctrine, the course will examine the American Doctrine of Judicial Review, the First amendment (Freedom of Press and Religion), Gun control (2nd Amendment), Abortion and Privacy Rights, LGBTQ plus rights, Native American Law, and Executive Authority and Privilege.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Guy Charlton (gcharlt3@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit allows students to take advantage of visiting or external academic staff who may wish to offer a unit in their area of interest on an occasional basis, and to allow students to pursue individual research interests or to undertake an agreed program of study.

Accordingly, the School of Law does not guarantee that the unit will run in any particular teaching period or in any particular year. Students intending to enrol in this unit in a particular teaching period should check with the School of Law whether it will be offered then.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 50% 5000
Assessment Notes

Written Assessment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Open Book Examination 50% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the special studies area of the unit, with depth in some areas;
  2. apply expert research skills through the independent analysis, critical evaluation and careful synthesis of knowledge and evidence from a wide range of sources related to the subject matter of the unit; and
  3. present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of their knowledge and ideas related to the subject matter of the unit.