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LAWS6313: Not-for-Profits, Philanthropy, and the Law

2024 unit information

This unit of study will introduce students to the legal framework in Australia governing not-for-profit (NFP) entities and charitable giving. It will critically examine the fundamental legal and regulatory issues raised by the unique status of NFPs including: the legal definition of charity and what constitutes a charitable gift; the nature of legal entities that comprise the NFP sector and vehicles for charitable giving; the tax treatment of NFPs and tax aspects of charitable giving; and the treatment of political advocacy and religion in charity law. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6313
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Identify and apply relevant legal principles of Australian not-for-profit law from case law, statutes, and secondary sources when engaging in class discussion and responding to assessment tasks.
  • LO2. Critically analyse the legal and regulatory issues and practical contexts relating to not-for-profit entities and the not-for-profit sector to advise on not-for-profit law problems arising in class discussion and assessment tasks.
  • LO3. Formulate persuasive legal arguments synthesising knowledge of not-for-profit law and regulation when engaging in class discussion and responding to assessment tasks.
  • LO4. Work collaboratively to produce professional advice in relation to contemporary not-for-profit legal issues.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive May 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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