LEGAL CHANGE, LEGISLATION AND LAW REFORM

LAW3LCL

2017

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 interpretation, implementation and impact. Interdisciplinary perspectives and a case study of legislative change inform the subject. The subject is a practical one; its broad aims being 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, LAWLCLR, LAW10LCL

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. Be able to locate, by legal research, material on each of the five main phases of the life cycle of an Act of Parliament

Activities:
Lecture on research methods; modelling in lecture
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

02. Be able to give an effective oral presentation on a phase in the life cycle of an Act of Parliament

Activities:
Written guidance; modelling in lecture; experience of other tutorial presentations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

03. Be able to give constructive feedback on a draft research report on the life cycle of an Act of Parliament

Activities:
Written guidance on giving constructive feedback; tutorial exercise in giving constructive feedback
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

04. Be able to evaluate the use or proposed use of an Act of Parliament as an instrument of public policy

Activities:
Lectures on use of Parliament as an instrument of public policy; modelling in lecture of application of theory; tutorial presentations and discussions; model essays made available; lecturer feedback on paper for tutorial presentation # Peer assessment of tutorial presentation and constructive feedback on draft research report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial presentation (oral), and accompanying 750-word written paper20 01, 02, 04
1 x 2,700-word research essay65 01, 02, 04
Peer assessment of tutorial presentations (1,000 words)15 03, 04