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LAWS5000: Foundations of Law

2024 unit information

This unit of study is designed to introduce students to the foundational knowledge and skills for the study of law. Students learn the central features of the Australian legal system: its historical origins, sources of law, key institutions in the federal system, and fundamental concepts of law. The unit also introduces students to First Laws, the legal orders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There is a practical focus on building skills of legal reasoning and analysis with a particular focus on case analysis and statutory interpretation, as well as an introduction to legal problem solving. These practical skills are necessary to complete a law degree. In doing so, it provides opportunities for critical engagement in debates about the role of law in Australia and internationally. Active class participation and discussion based on pre-reading is an essential aspect of the seminars.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Law

Code LAWS5000
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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LAWS1000 or LAWS1006
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and describe to an advanced level, the key elements of the Australian legal system
  • LO2. differentiate between various sources of law and articulate their interrelationship
  • LO3. engage critically with legal materials including cases, statutes and commentary
  • LO4. apply critical analysis and legal reasoning to write about legal material effectively
  • LO5. evaluate the complexity involved in balancing power among parliament, courts, and the executive
  • LO6. research and critique the persisting tension between rules and discretion in law
  • LO7. refine and advance oral communication skills within a legal context

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 1 2020
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Intensive March 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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