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Comparative Law (8673.3)

Level: Undergraduate Third Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice

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    Syllabus

    The topics studied in this Unit will include:
    - the philosophies, roles and methodologies of comparative law and the debates to which they have given rise and historical themes relevant to current comparative law;
    - classification of the world's legal systems and their key features;
    - comparative study of one or more discreet areas of law, such as (i) contract law, law of obligations property law and civil law generally, (ii) commercial or corporate law, (iii) constitutional law, criminal law and procedure and public law generally;
    - legal systems within legal systems - plurality of law with respect to indigenous, customary and religious legal systems, and hybrid legal systems; and
    - present and future trends in comparative law, such as globalisation, convergence, legal integration, unification and/or harmonisation of law.

    This unit may be co-taught with the unit Comparative Law PG, 10149.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the philosophies, roles and significance of comparative law as a methodology;

    2. Compare and contrast the principal legal traditions of the world from historical and contemporary perspectives;

    3. Explain current issues in one or more selected areas of law, which might include (i) contract law, law of obligations property law and civil law generally, (ii) commercial or corporate law, (iii) constitutional law, criminal law and procedure and public law generally;

    4. Identify and explain the present and future trends in comparative law and theorise about future directions in the international development of law and legal systems; and

    5. Undertake advanced comparative research into contemporary law and policy topics, and the likely future directions of other legal systems.

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Legal Systems, 6601, AND Contract Law, 6594, AND Law of Obligations, 7042, AND completion of 15 credit points of units offered by the School of Law and Justice.



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