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Foundations of Law and Justice (11251.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit introduces students to the law and justice professions and their social, economic and cultural roles and responsibilities. It will sequentially develop students' conceptual understanding of law and justice within Australia and in a global context. Students will acquire a range of professional skills including legal research and writing, legal reasoning and critical analysis of primary and secondary sources, and collaboration. Students will begin to cultivate an identity as a law and justice professional through study and career planning and the development of an e-portfolio.

This unit may be co-taught with a G version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify the personal skills, capabilities and knowledge necessary to meet the work standards expected by law and justice professionals in the workplace;

2. Map out their academic and professional trajectories over the next five years in an e-portfolio;

3. Explain and analyse the historical foundations and contemporary roles of Australian legal systems and institutions in domestic and international social, economic and cultural contexts;

4. Identify, research, interpret and apply sources of law, including cases and legislation;

5. Locate and critically analyse secondary sources and use them to develop ideas and arguments about law and justice issues;

6. Undertake legal reasoning to devise solutions to legal problems; and

7. Communicate the findings of legal research and analysis, in writing and orally, for a range of audiences and purposes.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two 2 hour interactive seminars on campus per week.




This unit is only available to Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Justice Studies students.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

6601 Legal Methods and Skills AND 6602 Legal Systems

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