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Constitutional Law (11274.1)

Level: Intermediate Unit Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice


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  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184078) - View

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This unit will provide students with an understanding of the principles of Commonwealth constitutional law. The unit examines the operation of the Constitution in its social and political context. Students will gain familiarity with the composition of Parliament; the relationship between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary; the legal and political relationship between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories; the implications of constitutional doctrine for the rights of individuals; the significance of the Constitution for Indigenous Australians; and current debates on constitutional reform.

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

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explain and evaluate Australia's adherence to fundamental constitutional principles including federalism, the rule of law, separation of powers, representative and responsible government through class discussion, quizzes, and persuasive writing tasks;

2. Explain the historical background of the Constitution and assess competing theories of constitutional interpretation through group activities;

3. Apply distinctive methods of constitutional interpretation through group activities and a written problem-solving task to determine the constitutional validity of Commonwealth, State or Territory laws; and

4. Analyse the role of the Constitution and public institutions in Australia's social and political landscape through group activities and a persuasive research and writing task, including the special role of the courts, the utility of express and implied rights in the Constitution, and the potential for Indigenous reconciliation.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours on campus per week including interactive seminar, online videos and forum participation.


This unit is only available for students in a Bachelor of Laws course.

Students must have successfully completed 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice.



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

7022 Constitutional Law

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