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2014 LAW306 Constitutional Law 2

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: Compulsory unit in old Law degrees where students commenced before 2013.

Not Offered


Builds upon the introductory principles and basic constitutional law institutional and procedural features of Australian federalism covered in LAW205 Constitutional Law 1. Provides a detailed exposition and analysis of High Court jurisprudence and associated issues from the powers of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government and chapter structure under the Commonwealth Constitution. Students are familiarised with the Executive power and the Judicial power, including the relationships between Executive and nationhood powers and Judicial power and due process. Key Commonwealth legislative powers will be selected relating to their importance in constitutional practice in any year taught. Topics are intended to draw upon contemporary, historical and political developments and policy background so as to expound the High Court`s role as the constitutional keystone of the Australian federation. The course will also demonstrate the practical applications of constitutional law as they arise in litigation. Where feasible, guest lecturers will provide additional special topics in Constitutional Law. Assessment will be based upon students' practical - especially advocacy based - application of the theoretical principles taught in cases.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: Internal oral and written examination+ seminar/group participation

TEACHING PATTERN: 3x50-min lectures weekly, 50-min seminar fortnightly (13 wks) with occasional additional guest lectures by constitutional law practitioners and academics.

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Resource dependent teaching & learning - H
Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
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Prereq LAW223
Prereq LAW224
Prereq LAW225
Prereq LAW226
Prereq LAW204
Prereq LAW205
Prereq LAW221
Prereq LAW222

STAFF: Dr B Gogarty, Ms A Hilkemeijer and guest lecturers

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