Course Title: Federal and State Constitutional Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Federal and State Constitutional Law

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW1027

City Campus

Postgraduate

615H Accounting

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

LAW1027

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Yee-Fui Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1598

Course Coordinator Email: yee-fui.ng@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
 


Course Description

In this course, you will study areas of constitutional law that are essential for an understanding of the fundamental concepts and the unique complexion of the Australian constitutional system. You will explore constitutional conventions, federalism (both the division of powers and implied inter-governmental immunities), the separation of powers, implied rights and, at State level, restrictive legislative procedures.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of Constitutional Law.
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to Constitutional Law.
  3. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive skills in approaching legal issues relating to Constitutional law and generate appropriate responses.
  4. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.