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Justice Administration and the Constitution (8078.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179650) - View
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    History of the state, constitutionalism and Australian federation; The Constitution and its relationship to Common Law and convention finding and understanding sources; The constitutional status of the legislature, executive and judiciary and the doctrine of separation of powers; Important powers of the Commonwealth government, such as external affairs, taxation and appropriation; The structure of State - The nature of bureaucracy: Classification of state functions and administrative decision making, Review of decisions, appeals and judicial review, Judicial and Quasi-Judicial decision making; Basic principles of Administrative Law, Overview of Common Law and Statutory principles underlying Judicial Review; Topical issues looking to the future - movement toward an Australian Bill of Rights and Republic, on-going globalisation and the international community.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Communicate about knowledge, ideas and opinions;

    2. Information Literacy - through legal research training;

    3. Information and Communication Technology - through computer training sessions and the use of the class website (Moodle) to access information about the unit and discuss the content with other students;

    4. Problem Solving - through critical analysis and evaluation;

    5. Working with Others - in seminars, online forums and group assessments;

    6. Professional Ethics - by gaining an understanding of the professional responsibilities of legal practitioners;

    7. Social Responsibility - through understanding how the legal system operates in Australian social contexts;

    8. Personal Attributes - by developing the capacity to think independently, challenge existing ideas and valuing and respecting different viewpoints.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.


    6601 Legal Methods and Skills

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