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Administrative Law (11282.1)

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

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  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184097) - View

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Syllabus

The legal avenues available to citizens who wish to challenge governmental decision making and action that they consider flawed are the subject areas of this unit. Those avenues include merits review by institutions such as the Ombudsman and administrative appeals tribunals (appeal). They also include judicial review by superior courts in Commonwealth and State/Territory spheres. The unit introduces freedom of information and privacy legislation. The unit concludes with review of the need for reform of Administrative Law in light of emerging topical issues.

This unit may be taught with a PG version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Be able to demonstrate understanding of the avenues available to citizens who wish to challenge governmental decision making and action: a) By means of merits review in administrative appeals tribunals and by other institutions, such as the Ombudsman, in Commonwealth and State/Territory spheres; and b) Through judicial review by superior courts in Commonwealth and State/Territory spheres.

2. Be able to demonstrate understanding of and ability to apply the principles of good administrative decision making found in the common law and legislation;

3. Be able to identify: a) The policy and import of freedom of information and privacy legislation; and b) The importance of the reforms made by 'the New Administrative Law' in resolving problems with common law approaches and extending opportunities for scrutiny of governmental decision making in a legal context;

4. Be able to reflect on the suitability of the approaches of Australian Administrative Law in the context of constitutional principles and structure in light of topical issues challenging our Administrative Law system; and

5. Be able to solve examples of practical problems in governmental decision making and action through the application of Administrative Law methods.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour lecture and one 1 hour workshop/tutorial on campus per week.

Prerequisites

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

Students must have passed 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice AND 11274 Constitutional Law.

Corequisites

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Equivalent Units

7018 Administrative Law



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