This unit introduces you to an array of legal systems including domestic Australian and indigenous legal systems, civil law systems, the European Union framework and international law systems. You will be encouraged to compare, contrast and critically examine all of these systems and consider how they interact with the broader phenomenon of globalisation. You will gain an introduction into how law is made in Australia by courts and the legislature, within Australia’s constitutional framework, and be invited to consider how Tasmania’s legislature and the courts have addressed a range of contemporary and historical social issues. Through a series of case studies, you will consider how a person’s place within society influences the way they perceive and evaluate law and will be introduced to several ethical issues and rules that arise for different actors within the legal system. These case studies will encourage you to adopt a range of perspectives: solicitors, barristers, judges, interest groups, politicians, legal theorists and other members of society. This will be your first opportunity to learn skills that are fundamental to your future studies and careers in law: working effectively in small groups; how to read and take good notes from class and texts; and how to manage study time to achieve success in law.
|Unit name||Foundations of Law|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
|Coordinator||Professor Jan McDonald|Doctor Lisa Eckstein|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 2||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
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- Describe and explain legal principles and legal systems, recognising local and transnational contexts and theoretical and ethical dimensions
- Identify and respond to ethical issues at an introductory level
- Communicate effectively and persuasively in verbal and written formats and support arguments with relevant literature
- Work collaboratively and independently, including through the development of a coherent piece of work representing a diversity of perspectives within a group
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:LAW121
Lecture: 1 hour weekly online
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours weekly face-to-face (commencing in Week 2 of semester)
|Assessment||Assessment Task 1: MyLO Quizzes (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Essay (40%)|Assessment Task 3: Presentation (40%)|Assessment Task 4: Reflection (10%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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