Introduction to Law & Legal Reasoning - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Statutory interpretation task (30%) , Assignment 2 - Legal research task (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,750.00
International 3,000.00

This unit introduces students to a range of introductory legal issues concerning the sources, institutions and underpinnings of the Australian legal system. Basic legal and quasi-legal skills applicable to the students' work environment are also covered. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of basic legal issues through: the practical application of statutory interpretation; role of courts in reading and applying legislation; and use of precedents. Other topics/skills covered include: legal research for the non-lawyer; legal analysis and problem solving; ethical and professional conduct when dealing with clients; fundamentals of legal writing; advising your client and third parties and negotiation and mediation fundamentals.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand and identify the major institutions and sources of law in Australia
  2. understand the processes by which an Act of Parliament is made
  3. locate and identify the parts of relevant legislation
  4. understand the role of the courts in interpreting legislation
  5. understand and apply various methods of statutory interpretation
  6. research relevant case law, legislation, journal articles and other legal materials
  7. understand and apply various problem-solving strategies to legal problems
  8. understand how to recognise and resolve ethical problems, particularly in the work environment
  9. understand and apply the principles of plain English in writing letters and other forms of written communication
  10. understand and apply the basic principles of negotiation.
  • Assignment 1 — Statutory interpretation task (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Legal research task (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Work problem analysis (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LAW7300 — Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Key institutions and sources of law in Australia
2Understanding an Act of Parliament
3Statutory interpretation and the Courts
4Legal research for the non-lawyer
5Legal analysis and problem solving
6Ethical and professional conduct
7Fundamentals of legal writing
8Fundamentals of negotiation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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