6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Dr Colin Campbell
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1104 Research and Writing and LAW1101 Introduction to Legal Reasoning
For students enrolled in the LLB (Hons) course from 2015:Foundations of Law, Public Law & Statutory Interpretation, Torts, Criminal Law 1, Contract A , Contract B, Constitutional Law, Property A
Equity and Corporations law
Topics include: concepts of equality and discrimination; the Australian social context; the law developed around State and Federal anti-discrimination legislation primarily in sex discrimination; grounds of discrimination including sex, race, disability and sexuality discrimination, and (if time) discrimination based on political or religious belief or activity; areas of activity covered or exempted from the legislation; constitutional complications of the legislation; problems of proof; procedural issues and the remedies available to victims of discrimination; concludes by evaluating effectiveness of the legislation and alternative measures like affirmative action.
On completion of the subject a student should have:
- acquired knowledge of the problem of unjustifiable discrimination and its Australian social context, and of anti-discrimination laws and their application and interpretation
- developed their research and writing skills through preparing a research paper
- developed an understanding of the philosophical and legal concepts of equality and discrimination and the problems of the development of this area in the common law context
- developed the ability to think critically about concepts of equality, discrimination, special treatment, and the capacity and limits of law as a mechanism of social change.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 1.5 hours and 30 minutes .
Examination (1.5 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 60% and 2,000 word research assignment (40%).
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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