Courses & Units

Foundations of Law LAW107


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
Unit code LAW107
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Jan McDonald
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 1 hour weekly (Interactive lectures across the study period)
Workshop: 2 hours weekly face-to-face (commencing in Week 2 of semester) concentrating on case studies

Lecture: 1 hour weekly (Interactive lectures across the study period)
Workshop: 2 hours weekly online tutorial (commencing in Week 2 of semester) concentrating on case studies

AssessmentAssessment Task 2: Contribution to workshop discussions (10%)|Assessment Task 1: MyLO Quizzes (15%)|Assessment Task 3: Case activated learning (35%)|Assessment Task 4: Exam (40%)
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