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Australian Legal System (BJU100)

School School of Law
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Explains the core elements of Australia's common law legal system and introduces students to the basic skills necessary to study and research in law. Topics include: reading and understanding case law and working with the doctrine of precedent; the nature, operation and interpretation of statutes; legal problem solving; alternative dispute resolution; legal practice and ethics; development of fundamental library research skills; and introduction to different forms of legal research and critical analysis of research.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. demonstrate your ability to undertake legal studies
2. locate the main sources of law and read and interpret simple cases and legislation
3. analyse and solve simple legal problems
4. conduct basic doctrinal legal research
5. differentiate types of research (such as theoretical, feminist and comparative
research) and read the research critically
6. recognise how legal language differs from other disciplines and how important it is
that legal language be precise
7. describe the roles of people working those in the justice system
8. differentiate between civil and criminal proceedings
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week (commencing week 1); Workshops: 1.5 hours per week (for 11 weeks, commencing week 2) .
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content. Tutorials will operate as workshops primarily providing students with an opportunity to develop a range of skills necessary for the study of law, including research skills.
Assessment A combination of class participation, library research exercises, an assignment and an exam will test students' ability to locate the main sources of law and read and interpret simple cases and legislation; analyse and solve simple legal problems; conduct basic doctrinal legal research; differentiate types of research (such as theoretical, feminist and comparative research) and read the research critically; recognise how legal language differs from other disciplines and how important it is that legal language be precise; describe the roles of people working in the justice system; and differentiate between civil and criminal proceedings
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Bachelor of Laws.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed LEG150 (prior to 2012)/LAW150 Australian Legal System may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus) [New in 2014]
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
BJU100
Professor Lisa Young
Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6061
e: L.Young@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.021 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
BJU100

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Sarah Howe
Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6074
e: S.Howe@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.020 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
BJU100

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Professor Lisa Young
Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6061
e: L.Young@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.021 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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