Administrative Law is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines the nature and scope of administrative and judicial review of government decisions and actions. The topics include access to government information (freedom of information and access to reasons), ombudsman, merits review tribunals and judicial review under the general law and statute (major emphasis).
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Law|
|Subject title:||Administrative Law|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory. Each week's class builds on the work of the previous week and so it is difficult to keep up with the workload if you miss a class. Though lectures may be streamed, this is not guaranteed so streaming should only be used as a backup and when absence is unavoidable. Attendance at tutorials is monitored and missing tutorials will have an impact on your mark.|
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|[email protected] & Email:||[email protected] is the online learning environment at Bond University and is used to provide access to subject materials, lecture recordings and detailed subject information regarding the subject curriculum, assessment and timing. Both iLearn and the Student Email facility are used to provide important subject notifications. Additionally, official correspondence from the University will be forwarded to students’ Bond email account and must be monitored by the student.|
To access these services, log on to the Student Portal from the Bond University website as www.bond.edu.au
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.
Assurance of learning
Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Understand and have the ability to comparatively analyse the objectives, strengths, and weaknesses of the various avenues by which government decision-making can be reviewed or challenged leading to an ability to describe the current development and effect of public policy issues in administrative law, as well as to make informed predictions on the future development of those public policy issues.
- Understand the complex legal principles involved in this area of law and be able to apply those principles to the resolution of factual problems.
- Engage in discussions regarding important elements of administrative law, including reform options.
- Undertake advanced level legal research and to write a critical, analytical paper which includes jurisprudential and practical responses to the relevant legal issues.
- Understand some of the important emerging issues in administrative law and an ability to engage in critical analysis of the reasons and appropriateness of alternative responses to these emerging issues.
- Demonstrate good written communication skills utilising effective, appropriate and persuasive arguments and techniques.
|*Class Participation||Tutorial participation||20%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 5.|
|Essay||Written skills assessment||20%||Week 8||1, 2, 4, 5, 6.|
|Paper-based Examination (Open)||End of semester examination||60%||Final Examination Period||1, 2, 5, 6.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
Defining the scope of administrative law; how to approach the study of administrative law; the legal framework for review of administrative decisions; an overview of the avenues of review of administrative decisions
Jurisdiction, Justiciability and Standing
Grounds is the legal term to describe all the circumstances in which a court will grant relief. Both statutory and common law grounds for judicial review will be explored.
The specific ground of procedural fairness will be analysed
Jurisdictional Error & Privative Clauses
Common law and statutory remedies
Review by administrative tribunals
Review by Ombudsman, right to government information and the right to reasons for administrative decisions
Consideration of which avenue of review should be selected and in what circumstances