Equal Opportunity Law

Course code LAWS5011
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

Deals with the concepts, institutions, legal principles, practice and jurisprudence of Australian federal and state equal opportunity law. Topics include the theoretical framework and historical development of equal opportunity protection in Australia, constitutional considerations, an overview of the Australian equal opportunity scheme, proving direct and indirect discrimination, sexual, racial, disability and age discrimination, equal opportunity procedure and remedies and the jurisdiction of industrial tribunals.

This LAWS elective course is offered on a rotating basis and subject to student demand.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the fundamental components of NSW and federal anti-discrimination law as demonstrated through oral participation and written submissions.

2. Understand the types of discrimination covered in the relevant Federal and state statutes, the exemptions granted under the relevant legislation and the remedies available to successful litigants.

3. Understand the differences between direct and indirect discrimination, formal and substantive equality, and the practical problems with achieving equal opportunity.

4. Sound development in the skills of legal research in relation to a topic in equal opportunity law, high level interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, synthesis and analysis of primary and secondary legal materials, and analysis and evaluation of competing policy considerations.

Content

The course deals with the concepts, institutions, legal principles, practice and jurisprudence of Australian federal and state equal opportunity law.

Topics covered in this course will be -
 

  1. Theoretical framework and historical development of equal opportunity protection in Australia
  2. Constitutional considerations
  3. Overview of Australian equal opportunity scheme
  4. Proving direct and indirect discrimination
  5. Sex discrimination
  6. Racial discrimination
  7. Disability discrimination
  8. Age discrimination
  9. Equal Opportunity procedure and remedies
  10. Jurisdiction of industrial tribunals

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005

Assessment Items

Participation: Oral Participation

Online Learning Activity: Reflective Blog

Presentation: Class Presentation and Written Summary of Research Topic

Written Assignment: Research paper

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term