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MLM704 - Foundations of Law

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Daniel Goldsworthy
Trimester 2: Claudio Bozzi
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2h class + 1h seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week

Content

The Foundations of Law unit will allow students to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the formation, structure and administration of the legal system in Australia
  • apply relevant reasoning and interpretation methodologies to analyse case law and legislation; undertake independent legal research, and apply appropriate research strategies, to locate relevant primary and secondary sources of law
  • construct a written solution to a complex legal problem by analysing relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

 ULO1

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the formation, structure and administration of the legal system in Australia.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management

ULO2

Apply relevant reasoning and interpretation methodologies to analyse case law and legislation.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management

ULO3

Undertake independent legal research, and apply appropriate research strategies, to locate relevant primary and secondary sources of law.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management

ULO4

Construct a written solution to a complex legal problem by analysing relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management

 

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) - Online Legal Research Test   30% Week 4
Assessment 2: (Individual) - Case Analysis Exercise 2000 words 20% Week 6
Assessment 3: (Individual) - Statutory Interpretation Exercise 5000 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLM704 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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