The unit introduces students to the study of public law within the sub-disciplines of constitutional and administrative law. Public law is also the foundation of a range of other disciplines of law including: criminal, human rights, environmental, international, immigration, taxation, corporations and industrial relations law.
The main theme of this unit is public law in contemporary practice; in particular how public law defines, constrains and empowers governmental action. Students will develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of the subject matter and participate in learning and assessment based on contemporary public law issues.
The course will be divided into inter-related parts:
- Introduction to Australian Public Law
- The Parliament
- The Executive
- The Judiciary
This unit will provide students with part of the necessary theory to complete a law degree in accordance with Law Admission requirements and is a prerequisite for the core administrative and constitutional law units as well as any public law elective units students may choose to undertake.
|Unit name||Foundations of Public Law|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
|Available as student elective?||No|
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- Demonstrate understanding of the functions, powers and limits on the powers of the three arms of government at all levels of government in Australia; a working knowledge of the theory underpinning constitutional, parliamentary and administrative law; the inter-operation of political conventions, foundational principles and assumptions, written constitutions, common law and statutory law in contemporary public law and administration.
- Critically analyse contemporary public law problems using the case method and present arguments in relation to the legal issues raised by those problems.
- Present persuasive legal argument on public law issues in writing and orally; to respond orally to questions about the nature of, and current issues in, Australian public.
- Reflect critically on their advocacy skills and lessons learned.
50 credit points of Introductory Law core or (LAW121 and LAW122)
2-3 hours of lectures per week and a two (2) hour seminar per fortnight.
Task 1: Oral submissions, 2x 5 minutes (20%)
Task 2: Practice-based written tasks, 1500 words (20%)
Task 3: Tutorial participation (10%)
Task 4: Final Exam, 2 hours (50%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Gabrielle Appleby, et. al., Australian Public Law, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2019.
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