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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate advanced skills in reading comprehension through demonstrating knowledge of some prominent theories relating to moral, political and legal philosophy including theories concerned with statutory and constitutional interpretation;
- exercise critical thinking, judgement and autonomy in evaluating some prominent theories relating to moral, political and legal philosophy;
- demonstrate a well-developed ability to communicate appropriately a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas.
- 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-LAW100-Foundations of Law and UNE-LAW131-Torts Law and UNE-LAW101-Law in Context and UNE-LAW102-Legal Professional Skills and UNE-LAW162-Criminal Law, or UNE-LAW312-Criminal and Civil Procedure and UNE-LAW310-Civil Dispute Resolution and UNE-LAW172-Contract Law, or UNE-LAW272-Law of Contract II and UNE-LAW313-Evidence and Proof and UNE-LAW283-Property Law and UNE-LAW399-Constitutional 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Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.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 for this subject.
- OtherDetails -
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.
The subject introduces students to some significant theories about law. Classical theories of law in the form of natural law and positivism are considered, but the main emphasis is on twentieth-century theories discussing legal reasoning (including statutory and constitutional interpretation), the relationship between legal and moral reasoning, and the legitimacy of judicial activism. The subject broadens students' perspective on law not only through consideration of theoretical material but through exposure to material focusing on other jurisdictions, especially the US. The subject aims to strengthen skills in legal argumentation, including statutory interpretation. Exposure to arguments conducted in a discourse other than the legal discourse that law students are mostly exposed to in their degree should sharpen analytical and written communication skills. Finally, the unit aims to stimulate students to be sensitive to ethical choices that are presented by law.
Online Quizzes. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Final Examination: Take Home Examination: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 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.
- Online Quizzes (40%)
- Take Home Examination (60%)