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LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation
Statutory Interpretation
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General Information


LAWS11059 Statutory interpretation has a specific focus on locating and using legislation, aids to interpretation, and deployment of interpretative techniques. In this unit you will learn how to determine whether the exercise of a statutory power is invalid if a condition or procedure regulating its exercise, is breached; whether a law has a retrospective operation; whether a statutory offence contains a mental ingredient to be proved by the prosecution (mens rea), and if so, what that ingredient is; the scope of a statutory power to make delegated legislation in the light of delegated legislation, which has purportedly been made under a power; and the application of a rule in any applicable charter of human rights. A law graduate should be able to give a reasoned opinion as to the appropriate meaning of a legislative provision which takes adequate account of the law of statutory interpretation. This unit meets the LPAB requirements for statutory interpretation.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2022


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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle surveys


Clarity and consistency of assessment tasks.


A peer-review system for reviewing assessment items before publication has been implemented at the first year level by the year level co-ordinators. This will ensure more consistency and clarity in assessment tasks.

Feedback from Email


Students expressed appreciation for the 'detailed and constructive feedback' on assessment tasks which they believed helped improve their performance throughout the unit.


Continue to provide detailed individual feedback in addition to general feedback evaluating the performance of the cohort as a whole. Holding review sessions or posting academic videos focusing on the particular skills that need improving.

Feedback from Email


Students noted that the 'content matter was challenging' due to the sheer volume and complexity of the area of law however, they still found the experience stimulating and rewarding. They expressed appreciation for the clarity afforded by the delivery and organisation of materials.


Innovate new ways of making complex material more accessible to first year law students by reviewing a common source of legislation to apply statutory interpretation principles learned throughout the term.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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