Course handbook

Description

Introduces students to the Australian Legal System and the practical application of the law relevant to young people. This is done through research and analysis of relevant cases in the areas of Consumer, Criminal, Employment and Property Law. From this, students develop an awareness of the legal processes and implications that exist in everyday life.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. explain the history and operation of the Australian legal system.

2. recognise the role of law in its relationship to everyday life

3. apply the relevant legal concepts and terminology to real life legal situations.

4. identify and explain the attitudes and values underpinning the legal framework of Australian society.

5. apply appropriate research and academic writing skills relevant to their future undergraduate studies.


Content

  1. The Australian Legal System - Common law; Statute law; the Australian Constitution; and the Australian parliamentary system.
  2. Consumer Law - Overview of legislative framework; consumer rights; and a summary of some leading precedents.
  3. Criminal Law - Overview of criminal law; criminal liability; enforcing the law; the trial; punishment; and the role of criminal law in society today.
  4. Employment Law - Emphasis on the legal relationship between an employee and the employer; rights and responsibilities of each; and dispute resolution processes.
  5. Property Law – Emphasis on the legal relationship between a tenant and the landlord; rights and responsibilities of each; and dispute resolution processes.

Requisite

Students must be active in the Newstep Program to enrol in this course.


Assessment items

In Term Test: In-class test 1

Essay: 1500 word, researched Essay

In Term Test: In-class test 2

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


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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