Courses & Units

Constitutional Law 2 LAW306

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.

Note: Compulsory unit in old Law degrees where students commenced before 2013.


Builds upon the introductory principles and basic constitutional law institutional and procedural features of Australian federalism covered in LAW205 Constitutional Law 1. Provides a detailed exposition and analysis of High Court jurisprudence and associated issues from the powers of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government and chapter structure under the Commonwealth Constitution. Students are familiarised with the Executive power and the Judicial power, including the relationships between Executive and nationhood powers and Judicial power and due process. Key Commonwealth legislative powers will be selected relating to their importance in constitutional practice in any year taught. Topics are intended to draw upon contemporary, historical and political developments and policy background so as to expound the High Court`s role as the constitutional keystone of the Australian federation. The course will also demonstrate the practical applications of constitutional law as they arise in litigation. Where feasible, guest lecturers will provide additional special topics in Constitutional Law. Assessment will be based upon students' practical - especially advocacy based - application of the theoretical principles taught in cases.


Unit name Constitutional Law 2
Unit code LAW306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
Teaching staff Dr B Gogarty, Ms A Hilkemeijer and guest lecturers
Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
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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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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2014: $1,260.00 2014: $1,450.00 090903

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

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Teaching Pattern3x50-min lectures weekly, 50-min seminar fortnightly (13 wks) with occasional additional guest lectures by constitutional law practitioners and academics.
AssessmentInternal oral and written examination+ seminar/group participation
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable


RequiredInformation about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.