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MLL323 - Constitutional Law


2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Dan Meagher
Trimester 3: Oscar Roos
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Students enrolled before 2019: Successful completion of MLL110 plus 5 additional Law (MLL) units.
Students commencing from 2019: Successful completion of MLL110 and MLL113 plus 5 additional Law (MLL) units.

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:

1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week


The unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the principles of constitutional law at the state and federal levels. You will study the Commonwealth Parliament's powers, federalism, and the interrelationship between jurisdiction and judicial review in considerable detail, and you will be introduced to the legal aspects of Commonwealth-State relationships under the Constitution.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Understand the constitutional principles of federalism, separation of powers, responsible government and the Rule of Law.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Explain the Commonwealth Parliament’s law-making powers.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Explain what judicial review entails and describe its constitutional foundations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Identify the questions and conflicts that arise between the Commonwealth and the States in the legislative, executive and judicial spheres.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Explain the nature, scope and significance of express and implied rights under the Australian Constitution.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Analyse, evaluate and synthesise the discipline knowledge noted above.

GLO4: Critical thinking


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


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) Online Test (short answer)   40% Week 7
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

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: MLL323 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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