Introduction to Legal Studies

Course code EPHUMA155Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

EPHUMA155 Introduction to Legal Studies introduces students to legal studies and their practical application to legal situations in contemporary Australia. This is done through research and critical analysis of case studies in the areas of constitutional, criminal and employment law. From this, students develop an awareness of the legal implications that exist in everyday life.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will:
1. gain an understanding of the content and processes of the course Introduction to Legal Studies suitable for the commencement of undergraduate study.
2. develop an understanding of the history and operation of the Australian legal system.
3. become conversant in the terminology and jargon of Legal studies.
4. appreciate the role of law in its relationship to everyday life.
5. develop knowledge and skills to understand the attitudes and values underpinning the legal framework of our current society.
6. develop skills related to research and academic writing for different purposes and audiences, including relevant legal terminology.
Content1. Sources of law - Common law; Australian constitution (statute law); Australian parliamentary system; substantive and procedural law.
2. Criminal law - Overview of criminal law; criminal liability; enforcing the law; the trial; punishment and the role of criminal law in society today.
3. Employment law - legal framework of employment in Australia; the statutory framework; ethical and legal issues in the workplace.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassClass Tests x 2
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch essay x 1
Examination: FormalA 2 hour formal examination in the university examination period
Quiz - ClassTutorial exercises as arranged
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPHUMA155