LEGAL CHANGE, LEGISLATION AND LAW REFORM

LAW3LCL

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The chief tool for implementation of legal change is legislation. This subject critically examines the technique of parliamentary legislation as an ongoing process of achieving social change. The 'life cycle' of legislation is fully examined - from its emergence, drafting and parliamentary phases, to its post-enactment phases: its implementation and impact. Interdisciplinary perspectives and a case study of legislative change inform the subject. The subject has practical aims: to assist students in evaluating proposed or enacted legislation and to prepare students for participation in law reform, whether inside or outside of government.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW2LCL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws or the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLegal Change, Legislation and Law ReformPrescribedBarnes, J.LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsHow to Do Things with Rules, latest editionPreliminaryTwining, W. and Miers, D.Cambridge U P
ReadingsLaw, Government and Public Policy, Chapter 1PreliminaryCranston, R.OXFORD, 1987

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Locate, using legal research methods, material on the life cycle of an Act of Parliament

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussion, class presentations, research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

02. Give an effective oral presentation on an aspect of the life cycle of an Act of Parliament

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, class presentations, feedback from lecturer and from students
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

03. Give constructive feedback on an oral presentation discussing an aspect of the life cycle of an Act of Parliament

Activities:
Tutorial discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

04. Evaluate the use or proposed use of an Act of Parliament having regard to theories of the life cycle of legislation and practical research as to the legislation concerned

Activities:
Readings, lectures, provision of exemplars and model essay structure, tutorial discussion, class presentations, research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

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