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Foundations of Public Law LAW253


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:
A. Introduction to Australian Public Law
B. The Parliament
C. The Executive
D. 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
Unit code LAW253
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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, analyse and explain the functions, powers and limits on the powers of public institutions, demonstrating sound knowledge of the content and theory underpinning public law in Australia.
  • 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 arguments through writing to a professional standard response to questions about contemporary issues concerning Australian public law.
  • Contribute regularly, respectfully and meaningfully to class discussions with a demonstrated understanding of assigned primary and secondary sources.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090900 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $1,828.00

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50 credit points of Introductory Law core


Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 1 hour weekly online

Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours weekly face-to-face (commencing in Week 2 of semester)

AssessmentExam (50%)|Written tasks (40%)|Workshop participation (10%)
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Gabrielle Appleby, et. al., Australian Public Law, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2019.

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