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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Governments have a range of inquiry mechanisms available to them to examine systemic problems, deaths or wrong doing. These include Royal Commissions, coronial inquests, parliamentary committee inquires and law reform commission inquiries. In this subject students will examine how these processes operate and how they differ from each other and differ from court-based proceedings. You will evaluate the role these mechanisms play in Australian legal and policy development and reform, and assess their effectiveness in contributing to such development and reform.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Mackay

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar activities, group presentation, group submission and essay.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete 180 credit points of LAW or LCR or LST coded subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


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. Critically evaluate the role of inquiries in Australian legal and policy development
02. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to both completed and current inquiry processes
03. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a group
04. Develop written and oral communication skills appropriate to law and criminology

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