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Public Law - LAWS5007

This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles and structures that underpin constitutional and administrative law in Australia. It is broader than either of these subjects because its focus is on generic issues of governance and accountability, focusing on questions of governmental power: what power is exercised by whom, from what source, with what limits and how and by whom is the exercise of those powers to be scrutinised. The unit begins with an introduction to the Constitution, its history, and the structures established by it, together with consideration of how to change both State and Commonwealth Constitutions. The unit then moves to consider the three arms of government and related concepts such as representative and responsible government; the separation of judicial power and institutional integrity of the courts. The course also introduces various mechanisms by which the executive can be made accountable, including by the Parliament, through freedom of information laws, and investigative tribunals.

Classes
Day stream: 2x2hr seminars/wk for 10 weeks. Evening stream: 1 x 3hr seminar/wk for 13 weeks

Assessment
1hr interim exam (30%) and 2hr final open-book exam (70%)

Pre-requisites

LAWS5000 or LAWS1006

Prohibitions

LAWS1004 or LAWS1021 or LAWS2002 or LAWS3003

Details

Faculty: Sydney Law School

Summer Main

07 Jan 2019

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 25 Jan 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Sydney Law School

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Sydney Law School

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew Edgar (Daytime stream), Associate Professor Elisa Arcioni (evening stream)
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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