Courses & Units

Constitutional Law LAW250


The Constitution is the fundamental law of our society and the fountainhead of all other powers, duties and responsibilities in our legal system. Given its status and importance, the Constitution is often at the centre of many high profile public debates and issues. Indeed, it is in the constitutional arena where the titans of our society - State and Federal governments, the Executive, politicians and corporations - resolve their disputes; most often before the High Court. The High Court also hears matters that affect the relationship between individuals and the State, defining important features such as rights and freedoms in our society. Constitutional law is relevant to all areas of law and all career paths. Lawyers must understand the Constitution because, put simply, the Constitution is the trunk from which all other laws branch. For instance, corporate law, tax, media & communications, human rights, environmental law (and even torts like defamation) find their source or limitations in the Constitution. For those of you planning a career in the public or political sectors this course will equip you with an understanding of the scope and limitations on institutional power and the capacity of the Government to operate in specific areas. Even if your planned career lies outside these paths, constitutional law will give you a much broader understanding of contemporary politics and help you make informed democratic decisions. Through this course we will teach the legal, theoretical and historical basis necessary for an informed analysis of the subject matter. Students also have an important role to play by participating in discussion and debate about the power and the politics arising from this ever relevant and always evolving area of law and practice.


Unit name Constitutional Law
Unit code LAW250
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Ms Anja Hilkemeijer
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Know and understand the rules and principles of Federal and State constitutional law, including the complex relationships between them.
  • Apply knowledge of constitutional law to contemporary problems, and reflect on the operation of constitutional law in social, economic and political contexts.
  • Present arguments addressing hypothetical constitutional problems. Communicate effectively.
  • Use feedback to inform the development of legal reasoning and writing skills.

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
090903 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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LAW253 Foundations of Public Law


Teaching Pattern

Seminar: 2 hours Weekly 

Workshops: 2 hours Fortnightly (Workshop in Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11)

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Participation (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Written Assessment (25%)|Assessment Task 3: Written Assessment (25%)|Assessment Task 4: Exam (40%)
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Hanks Australian Constitutional Law Materials and Commentary, 11th edition - LexisNexis

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