LEGAL INSTITUTIONS AND METHODS

LAW1LIM

2021

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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesCourt report, online quiz, seminar activities, exam.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admitted into; LBLX; LVLGE; LVLGEB; LVLUE; LVLUEB; LWLAS; LWLAT; LWLWA; 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

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents will require course coordinator approval to get credit for LCR1ALS

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Legal Institutions and Methods

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMackay and Chifflet latest edition

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherThomson Reuters

ISBN978-0-455-24077-0

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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
02. Demonstrate comprehension of fundamental legal research methods and referencing, including an awareness of the nature of academic integrity and consequences of plagiarism
03. Analyse and apply case law to legal issues using appropriate legal problem-solving methodology
04. Demonstrate an awareness of the social and ethical impact of the Australian legal system
05. Apply appropriate written communication skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Mackay

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

SeminarWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,500-word Court Report Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assignment

N/AReportIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Online quiz (300-word equivalent) This assignment is completed on LMS

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2

2-hour final examination (2000-word equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Mackay

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,500-word Court Report Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assignment

N/AReportIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Online quiz (300-word equivalent) This assignment is completed on LMS

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2

2-hour final examination (2000-word equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,500-word Court Report Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assignment

N/AReportIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Online quiz (300-word equivalent) This assignment is completed on LMS

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2

2-hour final examination (2000-word equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5