LSU100 Introduction to Legal Studies

Updated: 28 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 2 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in any undergraduate award except LLB, BAgr/LLB, BA/LLB, BBus/LLB, BCompSc/LLB, BCrim/LLB, BEc/LLB, BEnvSc/LLB, BSc/LLB
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

Legal Studies unit available to all students, other than Law students, subject to degree rules.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) To be advised
Unit Description

This unit serves as an introduction to legal studies. Its objective is to start students on the path to achieving an understanding of how legal systems operate in Australia and elsewhere, the ways in which the law is made, and how law applies in particular contexts. The unit will also develop students' legal study skills and introductory level skills in legal research, writing and analysis.

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 understanding of the structure of the Australian and international legal systems, and the roles of law-making institutions such as parliaments and higher courts, and compare those roles across common law, civil law and hybrid systems;
  2. demonstrate introductory understanding of the role of the legal profession;
  3. develop and demonstrate introductory understanding of the doctrine of precedent and the principles of statutory interpretation, and then apply that understanding to case law and legislation in the context of legal problems to demonstrate introductory level legal analysis skills;
  4. develop and demonstrate introductory level legal research skills to locate relevant primary and secondary legal sources;
  5. engage with the learning management system to develop and demonstrate legal study skills and time management skills; and
  6. develop and demonstrate legal writing skills using appropriate professional language, a logically ordered structure and with appropriate referencing.