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LAWS77-569: School Governance Law 1


School Governance Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines the concept of governance within a schooling context. Topics covered include legal obligations and regulation compliance for school boards; governance and management practices; ethical issues for school boards; and comparison of governance models of schools in other jurisdictions. The focus of this subject is on governance concepts, so that students can readily use the information and skills learned in the management of school boards.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: LAWS77-569
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning objectives

1. Demonstrate knowledge of (a) recent legal developments relevant to the management of school boards; and (b) the political, financial, economic and practical contexts in which good governance models/structures are designed, developed and delivered. 2. Demonstrate the reasoning, research and communication skills to (a) reflect critically on legal theory and professional practice; (b) investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and apply established theories to practice; (c) generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level; (d) justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and (e) design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to legal scholarship and professional practice. 3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the above knowledge and skills (a) with creativity and initiative to new situations; (b) with high level personal autonomy and accountability; and (c) to plan and execute substantial research based projects.

Enrolment requirements



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.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.


Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) 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.