Introduction to Law & Legal Reasoning
Learn to identify sources of law in Australia. You’ll work through how an Act of Parliament is made by tracing relevant legislation. Study legal analysis, problem solving, professional conduct, and the fundamentals of legal negotiation.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand and identify the major institutions and sources of law in Australia
- understand the processes by which an Act of Parliament is made
- locate and identify the parts of relevant legislation
- understand the role of the courts in interpreting legislation
- understand and apply various methods of statutory interpretation
- research relevant case law, legislation, journal articles and other legal materials
- understand and apply various problem-solving strategies to legal problems
- understand how to recognise and resolve ethical problems, particularly in the work environment
- understand and apply the principles of plain English in writing letters and other forms of written communication
- understand and apply the basic principles of negotiation.
- Key institutions and sources of law in Australia
- Understanding an Act of Parliament
- Statutory interpretation and the Courts
- Legal research for the non-lawyer
- Legal analysis and problem solving
- Ethical and professional conduct
- Fundamentals of legal writing
- Fundamentals of negotiation
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
- Audio-Video streaming
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This subject 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.
- Statutory interpretation task (30%)
- Legal research task (30%)
- Work problem analysis (40%)