LAWS11065 - Constitutional Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

LAWS11065 Constitutional law examines the organization, source and limits of Commonwealth and State powers, and the relations between the three branches of government at Commonwealth and State levels. In this unit you will examine State and Commonwealth constitutions and constitutional systems; the constitution and operation of the legislature, executive and judiciary; the relationship between the different institutions of government and the separation of powers; and the relationship between the different levels of government. This unit meets the LPAB requirements for federal and state constitutional law.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Group Work 10%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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.

Source: Unit evaluation feedback
Feedback
Could you please label the weeks with a subject heading.
Recommendation
Weeks to be labeled with week number and topic area on Moodle to enhance navigation.
Action Taken
Weeks labeled with week number and topic area on Moodle to enhance navigation.
Source: Unit evaluation feedback
Feedback
Overheads have not been provided for this subject. You will use these in exams to shortcut where to find material in the open book exams.
Recommendation
The powerpoint slides ("overheads") were provided and were posted on Moodle before the end of semester due to two requests from students. I usually prefer not to do this as I believe they should go hand in hand with the audio, however, was happy to accommodate.
Action Taken
There are no 'overheads' but PowerPoint slides were produced for students. Students should note these are not to be used as substitutes for study guides or textbooks in exams.
Source: Unit evaluation feedback
Feedback
I found the course content really interesting and accessible. The structure of the course was excellently planned as it incrementally added knowledge throughout building on key theories and cases.
Recommendation
Retain new course structure
Action Taken
Course structure retained.
Source: unit evaluations/personal observation
Feedback
Blackshield and Williams is an excellent text however it is lengthy making it difficult for some students to complete the weekly reading.
Recommendation
Review other textbooks to assess if there are any other books of similar quality but shorter length.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student emails, unit evaluation
Feedback
Students enjoyed the contextual/historical approach
Recommendation
Continue to teach material in context
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain and discuss key constitutional law principles such as Australian federalism, the constitution and operation of the legislature, executive and judiciary, the relationship between the different institutions of government and the doctrine of separation of powers, constitutionalism, rule of law, parliamentary sovereignty, the relationship between the different levels of government, and responsible and representative government
  2. Research case law and demonstrate critical thinking in applying case law, and key provisions and legal principles of the Australian Commonwealth Constitution, State constitutions, and statutes, to constitutional law issues and problems
  3. Critically examine, evaluate, and explain the theoretical and actual operation and relationship of the Australian legislature, executive, and judiciary, at both federal and state levels.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment