Australian Legal System in Context

Unit code: BLB1101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced


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.

This unit:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  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.
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement in academic texts and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Hurdle assessment task: Completion of five Academic Integrity Modules

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Quiz 1
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Research assignment
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Critical Reflection and Legal Reasoning Task
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Final Quiz
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules (Hurdle)

Required reading

Foundations of Australian Law and Legal Writing: A custom publication for Victoria University,
Raponi, K,de Saint, J, O’Sullivan, C, (eds) (2022),| LexisNexis
Australian Guide to Legal Citation
Melbourne University Law Review Association| Available in hard copy or online:

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