Comparative Law (11262.1)
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|Faculty Of Business, Government & Law
|Canberra Law School
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
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- the philosophies, roles and methodologies of comparative law and the debates to which they have given rise and historical themes relevant to current comparative law;
- classification of the world's legal systems and their key features;
- comparative study of one or more discreet areas of law, such as:
(i) contract law, law of obligations property law and civil law generally
(ii) commercial or corporate law
(iii) constitutional law, criminal law and procedure and public law generally;
- legal systems within legal systems - plurality of law with respect to indigenous, customary and religious legal systems, and hybrid legal systems;
- present and future trends in comparative law, such as globalisation, convergence, legal integration, unification and/or harmonisation of law.
This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the unit.
Learning outcomesStudents who complete this unit will be able to: 1. Demonstrate understanding of the philosophies, roles and significance of comparative law as a methodology;
2. Compare and contrast the principal legal traditions of the world from historical and contemporary perspectives;
3. Explain current issues in one or more selected areas of law, which might include: (i) contract law, law of obligations property law and civil law generally, (ii) commercial or corporate law, (iii) constitutional law, criminal law and procedure and public law generally;
4. Identify and explain the present and future trends in comparative law and theorise about future directions in the international development of law and legal systems; and
5. Undertake advanced comparative research into contemporary law and policy topics, and the likely future directions of other legal systems.
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PrerequisitesThis unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Justice Studies course.
Students must have passed 36 credit points, including unit 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice and 18 credit points of Law units or 18 credit points of Justice Studies units, before enrolling in this unit.
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Mathias Siems, Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2018)
Recommended Texts (available online):
Mathias Reimann and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press, 2006)
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3 credit point unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours. The total workload for units of different credit point value should vary proportionally. For example, for a 6 credit point unit the total notional workload over a semester or term is assumed to be 300 hours.
Inclusion and engagement
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Required IT skills
You will need to make a video for this unit. Further advice will be provided in class.
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