Courses & Units

Foundations of Law LAW107

Cradle Coast, Hobart, Launceston


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 Benjamin Richardson|Doctor Lisa Eckstein
Available as an elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider


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
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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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, making decisions and contributions to the development of a coherent representing a diversity of perspectives within group work
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090999 $1,812.00 $1,419.00 not applicable $1,812.50
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentEssay (50%)|Case or problem activated learning (40%)|Reflection (10%)
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