INTRODUCTION TO THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL SYSTEM

LCR1ALS

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed to introduce students to the Australian legal system; the main legal institutions and sources of law that operate in Australia, including the judiciary and courts, the legal profession, law enforcement agencies and other legal actors.  It will examine how laws are created, interpreted and enforced, with a particular focus on the criminal justice system. It will equip students with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand and examine the operation of the criminal justice system in practice, including an appreciation of the role of alternative approaches informed by theories of therapeutic and restorative justice.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW1LIM

Equivalent subjects LAW1LIM

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA variety of readings on specific topics will be made available through the subject LMSRecommendedvariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe the structure of the Australian legal system

Activities:
Lectures, readings and tutorial activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

02. Explain the roles and functions of Australian legal institutions and actors

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

03. Demonstrate an understanding of the process by which law is created, interpreted and applied, and how the rule of law is sustained through that process.

Activities:
Lectures, readings and tutorial activities
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. Examine and critique arguments for changes to the criminal justice process, including the application of theories of restorative and therapeutic justice

Activities:
Lectures, readings and tutorial activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Quizzes (750 words)20 01, 02, 03
Essay (1000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Examination (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Quizzes (750 words)20 01, 02, 03
Essay (1000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Examination (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Quizzes (750 words)20 01, 02, 03
Essay (1000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Examination (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Quizzes (750 words)20 01, 02, 03
Essay (1000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Examination (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04