Courses & Units

Constitutional Law LAW250



Compulsory core unit for students in degrees which were introduced in 2013 with course codes: 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N, 63O and 63P. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R.


Builds upon the introductory principles and basic constitutional law institutional and procedural features of Australian and State constitutions covered in LAW253 Foundations of Public Law. Provides a detailed exposition and analysis of High Court jurisprudence and associated issues arising from the powers of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government and the chapter structure under the Commonwealth Constitution. Students are familiarised with the Executive power and the Judicial power, including the relationships between Executive and nationhood powers and Judicial power and due process. Key Commonwealth legislative powers will be selected relating to their importance in constitutional practice in any year taught. Topics are intended to draw upon contemporary, historical and political developments and policy background so as to expound the High Court`s role as the constitutional keystone of the Australian federation. Students are also familiarised with High Court jurisprudence relating to federalism and Commonwealth State relations including inconsistency between Commonwealth and State laws; immunity of Commonwealth and State Governments from the laws of the other. The course will also demonstrate the practical applications of constitutional law as they arise in litigation. The unit has a strong emphasis on the study of leading High Court cases and aims to develop student abilities to analyse these cases. Where feasible, guest lecturers will provide additional special topics in Constitutional Law. Assessment will be based upon students' practical - especially advocacy based - application of the theoretical principles taught in cases.


Unit name Constitutional Law
Unit code LAW250
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Brendan Gogarty

Teaching staff

Dr Brendan Gogarty

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090900

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Teaching Pattern

3 lectures and one two (2) hour seminar each fortnight.


Internal oral and written examination (50%) firm (group) work (30%) advocacy (20%).*

* Please note the course assessment is reliant on MyLo (online learning system). Students must be IT literate and have access to the internet for assessment purposes.

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