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On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the historical foundations of the current legal system
- Describe fundamental elements of Australia’s current legal system within its historical context
- Critically discuss the origins of English law upon which the Australian system is based
- Use relevant legal and historical research resources appropriately and effectively
- Critically appraise historical factors that have impacted on the development of law in Australia
- The common law and equity; the contribution of Christianity in general to the development of the law; legal aspects of the British settlement of Australia; history of Australia’s legal system.
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The aim of this course is to give the student an appreciation of the sources and development of the common law, equity and our legal institutions. The way in which the law has developed as society has changed and has adapted to differing demands and circumstances provides the key to a proper understanding of the law in its modern environment. It will trace the development of legal ideas and disciplines from English history around 1066 to modern day Australia. Historical development of the law will be examined through such topics as the on-going relationship between the common law and equity, the contribution of Christianity in general to the development of the law and the legal aspects of British settlement of Australia, Legal History gives us an insight into how and why our legal system today is what it is. It gives us the opportunity to trace our origins and developments to obtain a better understanding of what the legal profession is and how we are a part of it.
100% Continuous Assessment comprising; - Class Presentation - Research Essay - Exam
- Class Presentation (10%)
- Research Essay (30%)
- Examination. (60%)
Current study term: 24 Jul 22 to 28 Oct 22
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