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LAWS5111: Anti-Discrimination Law

2022 unit information

The objective of this unit is to enable students to examine and develop answers to the following questions: (i) What is discrimination and what harm does it cause? (ii) How has the law been used in Australia to address discrimination? (iii) What type of conduct does anti-discrimination law prohibit? Specifically, which attributes are protected, in what contexts and with what exceptions? (iv) What remedies can be sought for unlawful discrimination and how are these enforced? (v) What are the limits and future directions of anti-discrimination law? The law as it operates will be examined, focussing on examples of particular attributes of discrimination (such as sex, race, disability, age, or family responsibilities), but considerable attention is also paid to regulatory alternatives to explore how the law could be developed.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS5111
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. identify discrimination and advise whether the discrimination is unlawful under Australian federal anti-discrimination law in respect of different attributes, such as disability or sex
  • LO2. understand the process for resolving discrimination claims, the possible outcomes and limitations
  • LO3. understand the regulatory response that Australia has developed to address discrimination, and evaluate its strengths, weaknesses and alternatives.
  • LO4. demonstrate skills of statutory interpretation, legal analysis, and oral and written communication.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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