This foundation unit introduces students to the 'nuts and bolts' of the Australian Legal system and legal reasoning. In addition, it offers a selection of socio-political contexts within which to situate and critically evaluate the contemporary Australian legal system. This unit provides a foundation for the study of law at Victoria University and, as such, successful completion is a pre-requisite for progression through the Law course.
- Provides students with a working foundation in the technical structure of Australian legal systems and legal reasoning, using applied practical teaching and learning methods;
- Exposes students to ways of making sense of Australian legal systems and legal process in a legal academic way, using selected contexts from criminal and private law;
- Introduces students to the broader contexts in which legal issues may arise, including the political, social, historical, philosophical and economic contexts; and
- Inducts students in the ways of the lawyer, including and legal reasoning and appropriate language use and structure
- using reflective, applied and theory-based teaching and learning methods.
|1.||Analyse the components of Australian legal systems, and elaborate how these components intersect and interact, and how lawyers use these systems;|
|2.||Communicate using appropriate professional legal language and express ideas and perspectives;|
|3.||Situate and analyse Australian legal systems within broader contemporary social and political contexts;|
|4.||Articulate and write about law in a coherent and professional way; and|
|5.||Work collaboratively and independently to use legal reasoning, (including statutory interpretation and application of case law) to create and present logical structured answers to problem-style legal questions.|
Foundations of Law in Australia 2nd
(compilation text), 2018
Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3rd
Melbourne University Law Review Association
Available in hard copy or online: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc
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