This unit of study introduces students to the structure and organisation of the Australian legal system and its interconnectedness with the Australian political system. Students will explore the functions and jurisdiction of institutions, in particular Courts, Tribunals and Parliament. Through this investigation, students will identify the advantages and limitations of these systems in meeting the legal needs of society in the 21st Century.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the history, features and organisation of the Australian legal system including its main institutions, doctrines and principles;  
  2. Describe the processes and procedures involved in law making and dispute resolution in the Australian legal system, understanding the relationship between the Courts and Parliament  
  3. Differentiate between various courts and tribunals both in composition and jurisdiction; and  
  4. Discuss the moral and ethical challenges inherent in the administration of justice for all groups in Australian society with evaluation of the effectiveness of adversarial and jury systems  


Developing skills and attributes towards the graduate capabilities of Victoria University will be incorporated across the course.
Assessment type Description Grade
Other Structured questions 30%
Presentation Presentation report: Articulate the process and procedures of dispute resolution in Multi-Media format 30%
Essay Essay: Investigate a topic and develop a well-constructed and referenced essay. 40%

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