CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

LAW5CSL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Constitutional Law is a compulsory subject in the Juris Doctor program offered by the La Trobe Law School. This subject introduces students to a number of important topics pertaining to federal and state constitutional law in Australia. This includes an examination of the basic concepts and doctrines relating to Australia's federal structure as well as the sources and limits of Commonwealth and state legislative power. A number of specific Commonwealth heads of power will be examined and relevant scope and characterisation issues explored. Students will subsequently consider how various restrictions on these heads of power, such as Chapter III judicial power and express and implied constitutional freedoms, operate in a situational context. Students will also canvass concepts relating to federal/state relations, including the rules governing inconsistency of laws. This subject seeks to develop student's constitutional problem-solving skills as well as aiming to impart a theoretical appreciation of the significance of Australian constitutionalism.








SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMadelaine Chiam

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW5PMI

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW2CSL LAW2CNL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsConstitution of the Commonwealth of AustraliaPrescribedNANA
ReadingsHanks Australian Constitutional Law: Materials and CommentaryRecommendedLatest EditionLexisNexis

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

03. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles and doctrines which underpin Australian constitutional law.

Activities:
Online Test, Written Assignment, End of semester exam

04. Demonstrate advanced problem- solving skills using constitutional and interpretative methods.

Activities:
End of semester exam

06. Critique principles and doctrines of Australian constitutional law.

Activities:
Online Test, Written Assignment, End of semester exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMadelaine Chiam

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.5 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (Word equivalent 1000 words)20 03, 06
Written Assignment (2000 words)30 03, 06
Final Examination (word equivalent 3000 words)50 03, 04, 06

City Campus, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Meagher

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.5 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (Word equivalent 1000 words)20 03, 06
Written Assignment (2000 words)30 03, 06
Final Examination (word equivalent 3000 words)50 03, 04, 06