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Area/Catalogue
LAWS 2026

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
Yes

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Course ID
105854

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

This class has not been
timetabled for year 2020.

Course owner

Course owner
School of Law

Course aim

The aim of this course is to develop a sophisticated level of understanding of the legal dimension of a problem, to be selected according to the historical, topical, or thematic importance of the issue, and the availability and expertise of particular staff.

Course content

The specific  content of the course is variable. Examples of potential areas of law would include particular aspects of Environmental Law, such as the Emissions Trading Scheme; of Property Law, such as the granting of gene patents; or Criminal Law, such as laws relating to DNA testing, or intelligence gathering and control orders; or Commercial Law, such as developments in regulatory theory and practice. The course is not confined to recent developments, but would extend to detailed analysis of major milestone cases or legal innovations, for example, the 1992 decision of the High Court of Australia in Mabo, or the 1999 Wakim decision relating to cross-vesting. The content may also include detailed focus upon the seminal overseas decisions such as Roe vs Wade. The focus upon a particular issue is designed to facilitate a detailed examination of the social, political and legal context within which the legal development (new legislation or a superior court decision) occurs.

Textbook(s)

Nil

Prerequisite(s)

Students must have successfully completed 72 units prior to enrolling in this course.

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, CITY WEST
Preparatory 1 x 1 week
Seminar 4 hours x 10 weeks
INTERNAL, CITY WEST (INTENSIVE)
Seminar 40 hours x N/A
EXTERNAL, CITY WEST, ONLINE
External 4 hours 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
INTERNAL, CITY WEST
Assignment 1000 -1500 words 30% N/A
Research essay on approved topic or take home exam 4000 - 5000 words 70% N/A
INTERNAL, CITY WEST (INTENSIVE)
Assignment 1000 -1500 words 30% N/A
Research essay on approved topic or take home exam 4000 - 5000 words 70% N/A
EXTERNAL, CITY WEST, ONLINE
Assignment 1000 -1500 words 30% N/A
Research essay on approved topic or take home exam 4000 - 5000 words 70% N/A

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 3)
To determine the fee for this course as part of a Commonwealth Supported program, go to:
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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
Non-award tuition fees are set by the Division offering the course. To determine the cost of this course, go to:
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Not all courses are available on all of the above bases, and students must check to ensure that they are permitted to enrol in a particular course.

* 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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