INTRODUCTION TO THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL SYSTEM

LCR1ALS

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline


   

This subject is a critical introduction to the Australian legal system that addresses the operation, aims, and institutions of criminal justice. It equips students with foundational knowledge of the operation of criminal justice and how the legal system addresses basic questions of criminological and sociological importance. The subject addressees the relationship between crime and law in Australia; the making of laws by the Parliament and Courts; venues and methods of legal adjudication and interpretation; and the complex interactions between actors that comprise the legal system, including lawyers,police, magistrates and the media. The sustainability of the legal system is evaluated in its historical, ethical, economic and social context.


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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe the structure of the Australian legal system

Activities:
Lectures, readings, seminar activities, examination
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, readings, quizzes, examination
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, seminar 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, seminar activities, mid- semester assessment, examination
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)

05. Identify and examine interplays between the social and legal pillars of institutional and systemic sustainability, and the implications for decision-making in criminal justice.

Activities:
Lectures, readings, seminar activities, mid-semester assessment, examination
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, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

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: 10 - 22
One 2.0 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 (350 words)LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.10 01, 02, 03
Essay (1200 words)Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Examination (2000 words)Centrally administered, closed book examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

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 video conference.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 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 (350 words)LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.10 01, 02, 03
Essay (1200 words)Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Examination (2000 words)Centrally administered, closed book examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

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 blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 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 (350 words)LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.10 01, 02, 03
Essay (1200 words)Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Examination (2000 words)Centrally administered, closed book examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

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 blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 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 (350 words)LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.10 01, 02, 03
Essay (1200 words)Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Examination (2000 words)Centrally administered, closed book examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05