Law in Context
Develop an understanding of the jurisprudential concepts of law, ethics and values. Interrogate the history of and ongoing influences on the development of Australian law. Learn to construct and communicate a persuasive legal argument.
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- 04 Mar 2019
- 08 Jul 2019
- 04 Nov 2019
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Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- identify and explain the history of and ongoing influences on the development of Australian law in a range of contexts, including derivation of Australian law and English common law, and Indigenous and International legal issues;
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the jurisprudential concepts of law, ethics and values upon which the Western idea of law is founded and apply them to a range of legal issues; and
- demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in locating quality legal resources, and analyse abstract legal issues to communicate and construct a persuasive legal argument.
- Topics are only available to enrolled students in the unit Moodle site.
No eligibility requirements
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While there are no formal eligibility requirements to study this unit, students should be aware of the following.
- Most law units will require students to spend at least 15 hours of study per unit per week. That includes time spent online in the LMS, doing private study and working on assignments. The amount of time needed will vary depending on your existing study skills.
- Law units are particularly time-heavy because of the amount of reading that’s required and the type of reading. Reading cases and other types of legal texts will be unfamiliar at first.
- Learning law involves learning new skills, and UNE’s law teachers will help with that, but it does take a commitment of time on your part.
- You need to consider carefully your existing time commitments before enrolling in multiple units.
Progression into the Degree.
To be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws (4 Years) students need to complete the following four units of study and achieve a minimum GPA of 4.2.
- LAW100 Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods
- LAW101 Law in Context
- LAW161 Criminal Law*
- LAW171 Law of Contract 1*
*LAW161 and LAW171 have LAW100 and LAW101 as pre‐requisite subjects.
- The 4.2 GPA requirement equates to three Passes and one Credit.
- Be aware that if you fail a unit it is included in your GPA calculation and means you will need to achieve higher grades to obtain admission to the degree.
- For this reason, we recommend students consider their study load and academic skills before attempting a subject.
- For more information on GPA requirements, please refer to the UNE website.
For students who have not studied before or have not studied recently
- If you’ve not studied previously, or have been out of study for a while, in your first year we recommend you don’t attempt more than one UNE Law unit per trimester and consider completing an introductory study subject like COM10 and APC100.
- If you are successful in gaining admission to the Bachelor of Laws (4 years) either of these units could count towards the Elective component of the degree.
This unit is concerned with orientating students into the discipline of law by providing an overview of the historical, jurisprudential, commercial, cultural and global context in which Australian law operates today. Trends and influences shaping the future of Australian law and practice are also explored. Research skills relating to secondary materials are developed together with a capacity to discuss abstract legal questions through writing an academic essay. This unit provides an awareness of the opportunities for further deepening knowledge of the discipline together with a foundation for more specialised and advanced legal studies which follow.
Research essay: Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-3 Quizzes. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1,2 Closed Book Exam: 2 hrs 15 mins; Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-3
- Research Essay (1750 Words) (30%)
- Quizzes (20%)
- Final Examination (50%)
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