Introduction to Legal Studies

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

  1. 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.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: In-class test 1

Written Assignment: 1500 word, researched Essay

In Term Test: In-class test

Formal Examination: The formal, final exam consists of four sections

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Please note that for Newstep students, who take the course over 12 weeks and are taught through lecture/tutorial format - 80% attendance is required.

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Please note that for Newstep students, who take the course over 12 weeks and are taught through lecture/tutorial format - 80% attendance is required.