The unit of study examines key concepts in Australian constitutional law including techniques and principles of constitutional interpretation. The unit also investigates principal Commonwealth and State legislative powers and interrogates the extent of the major powers granted to the Commonwealth. The unit also discusses limitations on governmental power including express and implied constitutional guarantees of rights and freedoms and the concept of separation of powers.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
LLW2005

Prerequisites

BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate theoretical and technical knowledge in the area of Australian constitutional law and its application to government, including high level competency in legal research in respect of all categories of research materials: primary, especially legislation and cases, and secondary; domestic and foreign;  
  2. Analyse the connections between theory and practice and make judgments in applying constitutional law for public and client benefit in contemporary settings;  
  3. Interpret legal research implications, knowledge and skills to provide solutions to legal problems related to Australian constitutional law and government;  
  4. Apply knowledge and skills in the area of Australian constitutional law in recommending ethical resolutions to complex legal issues.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz 10%
Report Research report 25%
Presentation Group presentation based on case studies 15%
Examination Final Exam 50%

Required reading

Constitutional Law 3rd ed
Harvey et al, 2018
LexisNexis

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