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Area/Catalogue
LAWS 1023

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Fully Online
Yes

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Course ID
165103

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Unit Value
4.5

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UniSA Online Elective Course
Yes

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Timetable/s
First Semester
(Study Period 1)

Second Semester
(Study Period 4)
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Course aim

This course provides an introduction to the Australian legal system, legal institutions, sources of law, with a particular focus upon the judicial system, and legal method. Fundamental legal skills in legal research, legal reasoning and problem solving will be developed, using a blended learning approach.

Course content

Areas to be examined in this course include the reception and development of the common law system in Australia; the role of international and comparative law in our legal system; the constitutional basis of the Federal/State judicial and quasi-judicial systems, and the system of court hierarchies; principles of judicial independence and accountability and the rule of law; judicial reasoning and decision making, and the doctrine of precedent; case law analysis, case law research and citation; legal method and legal problem solving.

Textbooks

James N, Field R & Walkden-Brown J 2019, The New Lawyer: Foundations of Law , 1st Edition, Wiley, Milton, Queensland

Prerequisites

Nil

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching Method

Component Duration
EXTERNAL, UNISA ONLINE, ONLINE
Online N/A x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
EXTERNAL, UNISA ONLINE, ONLINE
Continuous assessment N/A 40% N/A
Research paper 2,500 words 60% N/A

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 3)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
International students and students undertaking this course as part of a postgraduate fee paying program must refer to the relevant program home page to determine the cost for undertaking this course.

Non-award enrolment
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

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