LEGAL INSTITUTIONS AND METHODS

LAW1LIM

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with an introduction to the legal system in Australia and its core institutions, with a particular emphasis on courts, including the court hierarchy, the doctrine of precedent, reading and analysing cases and observation of court proceedings. The subject will require students to critically assess the differential impact that the legal system - particularly the criminal justice system - has on particular groups in society, including Indigenous Australians. The subject also covers legal methods with particular emphasis on the fundamentals of legal research and problem-solving.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Mackay

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admitted into; LBLX; LVLGE; LVLGEB; LVLUE; LVLUEB; LWLAS; LWLAT; LWLATB; LWLBUSB; LWLEE; LWLINT; LWLMC; LWLPY; LWLPYB; LWLSC; LWLSCB; LZCOML; LZCRL; LZCRLB; LWLFI; LWLF; LWLM; LWLAC; LWLBUS; LWLE; LWLA; LWLEC; LWLIR; LWLFI; LWLAC; LZCOML; LWLBUSB; LWLME;LWLPPE, LWCOML;LWLBM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLegal Institutions and MethodsPrescribedMackay and Chifflet 2018Thomson Reuters

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic aspects and workings of Australian legal systems such as the main legal institutions and their functions as sources of legal authority

Activities:
Court report, online quiz, seminar activities, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

02. Demonstrate comprehension of fundamental legal research methods and referencing, including an awareness of the nature of academic integrity and consequences of plagiarism

Activities:
Online quiz, court report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Analyse and apply case law to legal issues using appropriate legal problem-solving methodology

Activities:
Seminar activities, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Demonstrate an awareness of the social and ethical impact of the Australian legal system

Activities:
Seminar activities, court report, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

05. Apply appropriate written communication skills

Activities:
Court report, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Mackay

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 video conference.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500-word Court ReportStudents are required to attend a court hearing for this assignment40 01, 02, 04, 05
Online quiz (300-word equivalent)This assignment is completed on LMS15 01, 02
2-hour final examination (2000-word equivalent)45 01, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Mackay

Class requirements

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

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500-word Court ReportStudents are required to attend a court hearing for this assignment40 01, 02, 04, 05
Online quiz (300-word equivalent)This assignment is completed on LMS15 01, 02
2-hour final examination (2000-word equivalent)45 01, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500-word Court ReportStudents are required to attend a court hearing for this assignment40 01, 02, 04, 05
Online quiz (300-word equivalent)This assignment is completed on LMS15 01, 02
2-hour final examination (2000-word equivalent)45 01, 03, 04, 05