Courses & Units

Legal Reasoning and Technological Change LAW108

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

Introduction

Strong legal reasoning skills are critical to student learning and performance while at law school and eventually to the quality of your legal practice. More broadly, many employers beyond the legal profession consider the ability to solve problems by identifying issues, developing arguments and expressing reasoning processes and decisions in a clear and cogent manner to be a highly desirable attribute.

The unit is designed with one ultimate aim in mind: to equip students with the analytical legal reasoning skills and knowledge needed to perform well across the remainder of their legal studies. Having successfully completed this unit, you should feel confident in your ability to find, read, analyse and make strategic arguments with case law and legislation. You should also understand how technology is providing lawyers (including judges) with new ways to carry out legal analysis and make decisions pursuant to law and how these changes challenge traditional conceptions and approaches to law and legal rasoning. These changes raise new and fascinating legal and ethical challenges which are explained throughout this unit, with references to recent case studies. The Legal Reasoning unit reflects the diversity of the institutions and laws within Australia's legal system, adopting design principles and learning from Australia, England and America and the case studies used are drawn from a range of common law countries.

Summary

Unit name Legal Reasoning and Technological Change
Unit code LAW108
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Dr Susan Bartie

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

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

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

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

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and make cogent arguments in writing with statute and common law.
  2. Provide written advice in response to legal problems.
  3. Comprehend and critically consider a range of legal reasoning techniques and the role of new technologies in legal decision making.

Fees

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

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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

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

LAW255

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Weekly lecture (2.5 hours)
Fortnightly workshop (2 hours)

Assessment

Task 1: Lecture Preparation, 5 multiple choice questions within 5 quizzes available throughout the semester (10%)

Task 2: Take home exam, 1600 words (40%)

Task 3: Case Analysis and Making Arguments, 2000 words (50%)

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Textbooks

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