Introduction to Legal Studies
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Online and other materials
Subjects may require attendance
- 02 Mar 2020
- 29 Jun 2020
- 26 Oct 2020
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On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the structure of the Australian and international legal systems, and the roles of law-making institutions such as parliaments and higher courts, and compare those roles across common law, civil law and hybrid systems;
- demonstrate introductory understanding of the role of the legal profession;
- develop and demonstrate introductory understanding of the doctrine of precedent and the principles of statutory interpretation, and then apply that understanding to case law and legislation in the context of legal problems to demonstrate introductory level legal analysis skills;
- develop and demonstrate introductory level legal research skills to locate relevant primary and secondary legal sources;
- engage with the learning management system to develop and demonstrate legal study skills and time management skills; and
- develop and demonstrate legal writing skills using appropriate professional language, a logically ordered structure and with appropriate referencing.
- 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.
No eligibility requirements
- 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 - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware 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.
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for 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 serves as an introduction to legal studies. Its objective is to start students on the path to achieving an understanding of how legal systems operate in Australia and elsewhere, the ways in which the law is made, and how law applies in particular contexts. The subject will also develop students’ legal study skills and introductory level skills in legal research, writing and analysis.
Forum Participation: Assessment Notes: Forum participation 10% Note: Students are encouraged to participate in all five forums (2% each forum). Participation in at least one forum is mandatory. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5 Quizzes: Assessment Notes: Students are encouraged to attempt all five quizzes, three (3) best marks calculated towards total of 15%. Participation in at least one quiz is mandatory. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5 Assignment: 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 Final Examination: 2hrs 15mins. Assessment Notes: Closed Book Examination. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6 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.
- Forum Participation (10%)
- Quizzes (15%)
- Assignment (30%)
- Final Examination (45%)
Textbooks are not required.
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.
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