This is a foundation level unit in law. The unit of study will examine key concepts in Australian public law including constitutionalism, the rule of law and the separation of powers, and techniques and principles of constitutional and statutory interpretation. It will examine the principal Commonwealth and State legislative powers, institutions and techniques of government. It will examine limitations on governmental power including express and implied constitutional guarantees of rights and freedoms and will evaluate their adequacy.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in the area of Australian public law and its application to government;  
  2. Conceptually map the intersection between theory and practice and an understanding of the lawyer's role in applying public law for public and client benefit;  
  3. Analyse, extrapolate and interpret legal research implications, knowledge and skills to provide solutions to complex legal problems related to Australian public law and government as demonstrated through a research essay and problem and essay based examination;  
  4. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the learning and application of Australian public law, drawing on knowledge of research principles and methods of law and cognate disciplines, especially political science;  
  5. Investigate contemporary Australian public law questions through analysis, review and interpretation of relevant data; and  
  6. Apply knowledge and skills in the area of Australian public law in a research essay and problem and essay based examination.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz 10%
Presentation Oral presentation 15%
Research Paper Essay (2000 words) 35%
Examination Final Exam (2.5 hours) plus 30 mins reading time. 40%

Required reading

Australian Public Law 2nd ed
Appleby, G. Reilly, A. and Grenfell, L.
Oxford UP 2014

LexisNexis Study Guide Constitutional Law 2nd
Harvey, M; Longo M; Parker D; Ligerwood J and Babovic D., 2015
LexisNexis, Sydney

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