Foundations of Law and Justice (11251.1)
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|0.25||6||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
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|Canberra Law School||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit may be co-taught with a G version of the unit.
Learning outcomesAfter 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
Foundations of Law and Justice provides you with the core capacities to work with and within the Law and Justice sectors, skills that you will further enhance as you advance through your course.
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Justice Studies students.
Equivalent units6601 Legal Methods and Skills AND 6602 Legal Systems
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Robin Creyke et al, Laying Down the Law (11th ed, Lexis Nexis, 2020)
Hall & Macken, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (5th ed, Lexis Nexis, 2020)
You can purchase these separately on various sites, including the School Locker. Lexis Nexis offers them as a bundle, which may be less pricey. The second book you will use again when you take Statutory Interpretation as a separate unit.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Writing Exercise - Canvas
Progress Assessment - TBC
Group Presentation - In Class
Report - Canvas
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are expected to attend lectures and seminars/tutorials. Attendance is essential in order to do well with the assessment items. There is a direct correlation between attendance/participation and the quality of your unit outcome.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
Students are required to attend a court or tribunal as a member of the public to complete their Law-in-Action presentation. Further details as to how to go abou this will be provided in class.
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