JQU0025 - Legal Studies A: An Introduction to the Australian Legal System

    Unit code: JQU0025 | Study level: TAFE
    City Campus
    Footscray Park


    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.

    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


    For Melbourne campuses

    Developing skills and attributes towards the graduate capabilities of Victoria University will be incorporated across the course.

    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 30%
    Structured questions
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Presentation report: Articulate the process and procedures of dispute resolution in Multi-Media format
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 40%
    Essay: Investigate a topic and develop a well-constructed and referenced essay.

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