Courses & Units

Administrative Law LAW204

Hobart

Note:

Compulsory unit in all Law degrees.

Introduction

Provides a critical overview of the general principles of administrative law as they operate in areas such as judicial review, merits review, Ombudsman and Freedom of Information. Topics that may be covered, at a general level, in the course include an introduction to some of the theoretical issues underlying administrative law, the role of the State, the governmental structures that influence the administrative law system, the principles of good administration and the protection of individual rights; the nature of discretionary decision making, and theories of decision making; practical applications of the theories; the requirement of giving reasons for decisions; freedom of information legislation, both Commonwealth and State and internal and external review of decisions, including the administrative appeals mechanisms; a theoretical review of judicial review; the practice of judicial review, with special reference to the Commonwealth experience; principles expressed in judicial review, including procedural fairness; public law issues such as justiciability, standing and rule making; and the public/private divide.
Topics that may be covered, at a general level, in the course include an introduction to some of the theoretical issues underlying administrative law, the role of the State, the governmental structures that influence the administrative law system, the principles of good administration and the protection of individual rights; the nature of discretionary decision making, and theories of decision making; practical applications of the theories; the requirement of giving reasons for decisions; freedom of information legislation, both Commonwealth and State and internal and external review of decisions, including the administrative appeals mechanisms; a theoretical review of judicial review; the practice of judicial review, with special reference to the Commonwealth experience; principles expressed in judicial review, including procedural fairness; public law issues such as justiciability, standing and rule making; and the public/private divide.

Summary

Unit name Administrative Law
Unit code LAW204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
Teaching staff

Assoc Prof Rick Snell

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit?

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2015 10/8/2015 31/8/2015 16/10/2015

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2014.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090999

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

  • Pre-requisites: LAW121 AND LAW122 AND Completion of first year in another degree OR Completion of a bachelor degree: AND LAW255 Legal Reasoning and LAW253 Foundations of Public Law.

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2x50-min lectures/workshops, 50-min tutorial weekly (13 wks)

Assessment

1 x 2200-2500 word Essay (35%); 1 x 3000 word Essay (35%); 2 x Selective Reflective Journal (7.5% each); Seminar participation (15%).

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Textbooks

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