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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Fundamental Concepts, Institutions and Instruments
    • Characterisation
    • Corporations Power
    • Financial Powers
    • External Affairs Power
    • Separation of Powers: Commonwealth
    • Separation of Powers: State
    • State Legislative Power
    • Intergovernmental Immunities
    • Implied Freedoms
    • Section 92
    • Inconsistency
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of Constitutional Law
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to Constitutional Law
  3. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive skills in approaching legal issues relating to Constitutional law and generate appropriate responses
  4. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
  • Assignment 1 - Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Problem Based Task (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Individual Essay (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

In this subject, you will study areas of constitutional law that are essential for an understanding of the fundamental concepts and the unique complexion of the Australian constitutional system. You will explore constitutional conventions, federalism (both the division of powers and implied inter-governmental immunities), the separation of powers, implied rights and, at State level, restrictive legislative procedures.

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