Courses & Units

Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure LAW702



This unit is for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Parliamentary Law and Practice.


The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the law, procedure and practice of parliaments and other related public law topics, such as the relationship of parliament to the executive and the courts. The course will examine common-law Westminster systems and their incorporation into the governments of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.


Unit name Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure
Unit code LAW702
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Peter Patmore and Associate Prof. Richard Herr

Teaching staff

Dr Peter Patmore, Dr Brendan Gogarty and Associate Prof. Richard Herr

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Half Year Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 11 Week Session Apr Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Half Year Period 2 3/7/2017 5/8/2017 19/9/2017 4/12/2017
11 Week Session Apr 3/4/2017 20/4/2017 11/5/2017 19/6/2017

* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

About Census Dates



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $1,587.00 2017: $3,122.00 091199

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.


  • Pre-requisites: Admission to L5C Graduate Certificate in Parliamentary Law and Practice.


Teaching Pattern

This unit will be taught through a mixture of intensive teaching and remote learning. The intensive course will be taught at the Hobart campus, and will be made up of five (5) days of intensive teaching, from 9:00am - 5:00pmFollowing the intensive course, students will study in a part-time capacity over a six month period. Students will be required to submit regular minor assessments and maintain contact with academic co-ordinators and other participants. This process will build toward the completion of a final research paper, which will be submitted to a relevant practice or academic journal.


Short assignment 30%; Final research paper 70%

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