INTRODUCTION TO THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL SYSTEM

LCR1ALS

2021

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 addresses 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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, readings, seminar activities, examination

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsLAW1LIM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents will not be granted credit for LAW coded subjects by completing this subject

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Describe the structure of the Australian legal system
02. Explain the roles and functions of Australian legal institutions and actors
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.
04. Examine and critique arguments for changes to the criminal justice process, including the application of theories of restorative and therapeutic justice
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.

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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-ordinatorTom Andrews

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*

Quizzes (350 words) LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (1200 words) Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Examination (2000 words) Centrally administered, closed book examination

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

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 blended.

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*

Quizzes (350 words) LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (1200 words) Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Examination (2000 words) Centrally administered, closed book examination

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom Andrews

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Quizzes (350 words) LMS administered multiple choice quizzes, two quizzes during semester.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (1200 words) Students are required to attend a court hearing for this assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Examination (2000 words) Centrally administered, closed book examination

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5