LAWS40047 - Introduction To Law In Australia
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides students with an introduction to law in Australia, but with a special emphasis on pre-colonisation Indigenous Australan legal systems, and how these systems have been impacted by Western legal systems. The unit gives students a basic introduction to various types of law in contemporary Australian society, including criminal, civil and administrative law. In line with the unit's Indigenous Australian focus, there is also an emphasis on Native Title and property law, and the ways in which these may affect Indigenous Australians.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Feedback Source Recommendation
Students were satisfied with the unit. Student Evaluations Continue with the current format of the unit.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain how the concept of law was created and enforced in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait societies in comparison to the post-colonisation Western system of law.
  2. Critically analyse the various legal systems in Australia, and especially how they apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  3. Apply research and note taking skills.

Not applicable.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Self Management
2. Communication  
3. Information Literacy
4. Information Technology Competence
5. Problem Solving
6. Critical Thinking
7. Cross-Cultural Competence
8. Ethical Practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Please Note: Correctional Centre students do not require access to email, internet or the unit website.
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBronwyn Mcfarlane (B.Mcfarlane@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Pre-colonisation Indigenous legal systems in Australia

Week 2 13-03-2017

Post-colonisation Australian legal system. The Constitution, the separation of power doctrine, and how law is created and amended


Week 3 20-03-2017

Citizenship, civil rights and the Constitution

Compulsory Residential School:

20 - 24 March at Nulloo Yumbah, Building 31, CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus

Week 4 27-03-2017

Legal areas: civil, criminal and administrative


Week 5 03-04-2017

The court system. Evidence and witnesses

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Family law and Indigenous Australians

Week 7 24-04-2017

Contract law

Written Assessment 1 Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Native Title and property law (1)

Week 9 08-05-2017

Native Title and property law (2)


Week 10 15-05-2017

Administrative law

Week 11 22-05-2017

Legal accountability, negligence and duty of care

Week 12 29-05-2017

Unit review

Written Assessment 2 Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017
Online Quiz(zes) Due Thursday (15 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 1
Task Description

Write an academic essay which describes the traditional law system of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and compares it with the post-colonisation Australian system of law. The word count for this essay is 1000-1200 words.

Use these topical questions as a guide to researching and writing the essay:

  • Who is responsible for making or changing the law in traditional Indigenous societies?
  • How is the law kept and enforced in traditional Indigenous societies?
  • How is law made in post-colonisation Australia?
  • How is the law enforced in Australia – what are the mechanisms?
Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

  • Demonstrates understanding of the unit material relevant to the assessment task
  • Evidence of research
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

  • Uses the academic essay structure to logically organise and present ideas and arguments
  • Clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling

Referencing skills

  • Uses the Harvard style of referencing
  • Appropriate and correct in-text referencing
  • Includes a reference list, correctly formatted

Online participation: Accessing the LAWS40047 Moodle website regularly throughout term, and contributing regularly to the discussion forums is very important if students are to be successful in this unit.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain how the concept of law was created and enforced in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait societies in comparison to the post-colonisation Western system of law.

2. Critically analyse the various legal systems in Australia, and especially how they apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

3. Apply research and note taking skills.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2
Task Description

Assessment 2 (1500-2000 words)

Write an academic essay on the topic of post-colonisation property rights law and Native Title law. What do we mean by traditional land rights? On what basis did the legal and court system overturn legislation to grant and recognise Native Title?

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

  • Demonstrates understanding of the unit material relevant to the assessment task
  • Evidence of research
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

  • Uses the academic essay structure to logically organise and present ideas and arguments
  • Clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling

Referencing skills

  • Uses the Harvard style of referencing
  • Appropriate and correct in-text referencing
  • Includes a reference list, correctly formatted
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain how the concept of law was created and enforced in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait societies in comparison to the post-colonisation Western system of law.

2. Critically analyse the various legal systems in Australia, and especially how they apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

3. Apply research and note taking skills.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The task associated with this assessment item is to complete the online quizzes during the term on the unit's Moodle website. These quizzes will be available in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12, and each quiz will test the student's knowledge of unit material for the previous three weeks.

Each quiz will consist of ten (10) questions that are randomly selected from a question bank. Each quiz will be worth 5% of the total grade for the unit and the complete assessment of four quizzes will be worth 20% of the total grade. Although marks will be given to students after each quiz, the final grade will not be shown until the end of term.

Points to note:

  • Students will be allowed two attempts at each quiz. The attempt with the highest grade will be accepted for assessment.
  • There will be no time limit on quizzes.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to the unit materials in order to obtain as many correct answers as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to attempt every quiz to obtain the maximum number of marks.
  • If students have technical problems with the quiz, they should contact the unit coordinator or TASAC as soon as possible.
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Thursday (15-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Will be marked electronically.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Will be marked electronically.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria:

  • Students are marked according to number of correct responses for each quiz
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain how the concept of law was created and enforced in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait societies in comparison to the post-colonisation Western system of law.

2. Critically analyse the various legal systems in Australia, and especially how they apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence




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