The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code

LAWS4002

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

The study of Administrative Law involves examination of the legal rules and institutions through which governmental decision-making is authorised, effected, limited and reviewed. This course examines both the exercise of executive power by administrative agencies and officials, and the means by which administrative decisions can be supervised, controlled and challenged. Whilst judicial review of administrative action is at the heart of the course, extra-judicial mechanisms (including merits review and the ombudsmen) are also considered. Means of accessing information held by the administration are also evaluated.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Developed knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law.

2. Advanced skills in analysis and critique of relevant primary and secondary legal materials.

3. Advanced capacity to apply legal reasoning and provide appropriate responses to hypothetical administrative law problems.

4. Critical appreciation of the circumstances in which administrative law may be relevant.

5. Critical understanding of lacunae and uncertainties in administrative law.

6. Advanced skills in written communication, in the context of administrative law.


Content

The course will comprise six key areas of study:

  • The Nature and Functions of Administrative Law;
  • Judicial Review of Administrative Action;
  • (Extra-judicial) Merits Review of Administrative Action (including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal);
  • Delegated legislation
  • Means of investigating administrative action (the Ombudsman);
  • Access to information held by the administration (Freedom of Information and Privacy Law).

Requisite

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

LAWS4002Administrative LawThe study of Administrative Law involves examination of the legal rules and institutions through which governmental decision-making is authorised, effected, limited and reviewed. This course examines both the exercise of executive power by administrative agencies and officials, and the means by which administrative decisions can be supervised, controlled and challenged. Whilst judicial review of administrative action is at the heart of the course, extra-judicial mechanisms (including merits review and the ombudsmen) are also considered. Means of accessing information held by the administration are also evaluated.FBUSLFaculty of Business and Law341Newcastle Law School1040005980Semester 2 - 2019NCLE_CITYNewcastle City Precinct2019LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B, LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4001.The course will comprise six key areas of study:The Nature and Functions of Administrative Law;Judicial Review of Administrative Action;(Extra-judicial) Merits Review of Administrative Action (including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal);Delegated legislationMeans of investigating administrative action (the Ombudsman);Access to information held by the administration (Freedom of Information and Privacy Law). NOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Developed knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law.2Advanced skills in analysis and critique of relevant primary and secondary legal materials.3Advanced capacity to apply legal reasoning and provide appropriate responses to hypothetical administrative law problems.4Critical appreciation of the circumstances in which administrative law may be relevant.5Critical understanding of lacunae and uncertainties in administrative law.6Advanced skills in written communication, in the context of administrative law. 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.Written Assignment: Reflection PaperWritten Assignment: Case AnalysisFormal Examination: Open Book Formal Examination Newcastle City PrecinctOnline ActivityOnline1hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0SeminarFace to Face Off Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Reflection Paper

Written Assignment: Case Analysis

Formal Examination: Open Book Formal Examination


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term