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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate cognitive awareness and an ability to analyse the broader principles of the context and the principles underpinning the Commonwealth Constitution; and perspectives of nationhood;
- use technical skills in analysing the specialist key constitutional concepts and doctrines, including the techniques and principles of constitutional interpretation, characterisation, and the separation of powers in discussing constitutional issues;
- identify, analyse and evaluate the powers and functions of the principal branches of government in Australia and their relationship with each other for the purpose of testing the validity of legislative action;
- use initiative and professional judgment to engage in critical analysis of the High Court's decisions involving the interpretation and application of the Constitutional provisions, particularly when this involves determining the demarcation of power between the Commonwealth and the States;
- demonstrate coherent and effective written communication skills in discussing and analysing a topic on constitutional law, or formulating an advice that applies the principles of constitutional law to a hypothetical problem; and
- demonstrate the ability to clearly identify, comprehend, interpret, analyse and apply constitutional law documentation of a substantive, procedural and unit based nature in assessments.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
UNE-LAW313-Evidence and Proof and UNE-LAW100-Foundations of Law and UNE-LAW157-Alternative Dispute Resolution, or UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia, or UNE-LAW270-Interviewing for Advocacy and UNE-LAW270-Interviewing for Advocacy, or UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia, or UNE-LAW157-Alternative Dispute Resolution and UNE-LAW101-Law in Context and UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia, or UNE-LAW157-Alternative Dispute Resolution, or UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia and UNE-LAW172-Contract Law, or UNE-LAW272-Law of Contract II and UNE-LAW102-Legal Professional Skills and UNE-LAW162-Criminal Law, or UNE-LAW312-Criminal and Civil Procedure and UNE-LAW131-Torts Law ;
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Laws (4 Years). To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination this subject.
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject studies the theory and practice of the law of government in Australia. It focuses primarily upon the Commonwealth Constitution and role of High Court of Australia in its interpretation. It studies the powers and workings of the three branches of government as reflected in the chapter structure of the Constitution- the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. It also includes discussion of the NSW Constitution law making powers. Key restraints upon Commonwealth executive and legislative power are also considered. Central to all these topics is the role of the High Court and the distribution of powers between the Commonwealth and States.
Assignment 1: Case - Section Reading, Interpretation and Application online quizzes: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6 Open Book Examination: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6 There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assignment 1 (40%)
- Open Book Examination (60%)
Current study term: 28 Feb 21 to 28 May 21)
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