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LAWS75-216: Constitutional Law

Description

Constitutional Law is a compulsory subject in the Juris Doctor program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines the fundamentals of Australian constitutional law, often in a comparative context. Topics considered include the rule of law, the separation of powers, principles of constitutional interpretation, the rules governing exercises of legislative, executive and judicial power, constitutional change, constitutional principles relating to individual rights and freedoms, the relationship between federal, state and territory governments, including inconsistency of laws, and fiscal federalism. Emphasis is placed on the development of legal research and reasoning skills.

Subject details

TypePostgraduate
CodeLAWS75-216
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,760
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,930

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of a number of constitutional law topics, Including: (a) Constitutional interpretation, judicial reasoning, and the characterisation process; (b) Principles governing the separation of judicial, executive and legislative powers; (c) Principles of constitutional change and reform; (d) The constitutional protection, or otherwise, of individual rights and freedoms; and (e) Comparative constitutionalism and/or contemporary issues in constitutional law.
2. Demonstrate competency in exercising the following skill at an intermediate level, with creativity, initiative and autonomy: (a) legal research and reasoning
3. Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, including a commitment to: (a) Learning and working autonomously, accountably and reflectively; (b) Behaving ethically and responsibly; and (c) Managing time effectively and meeting deadlines.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Masters Law Degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Withdraw – Financial?05/10/2018
Withdraw – Academic?27/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start14/01/2019
Cancellation 1?28/01/2019
Cancellation 2?04/02/2019
Last enrolment27/01/2019
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2019
Withdraw – Academic?02/03/2019
Teaching census?08/02/2019
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start13/05/2019
Cancellation 1?27/05/2019
Cancellation 2?03/06/2019
Last enrolment26/05/2019
Withdraw – Financial?07/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?29/06/2019
Teaching census?07/06/2019