|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Three hours of seminars per week |
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours.
|Prerequisites:||Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorAssociate Professor B Gaze
|Subject Overview:|| |
This subject examines the challenges of using law to counter discrimination and critically examines the contribution of anti-discrimination law to reducing inequality. It begins with a review of the concepts of equality and discrimination and the Australian social context. Turning to the legal response, the major focus is on Australian law after an introduction to international law on equality and discrimination, and constitutional protections in other countries for equality or non-discrimination rights. State and Federal anti-discrimination laws and their interpretation and use will be studies primarily through sex discrimination case law, but other grounds of discrimination including race, disability and sexuality will be considered to a lesser extent. (Students with a strong interest in discrimination on these of other grounds, such as age, political or religious belief etc. can use the research paper as an opportunity to study these areas in more detail). The law prohibits discrimination in certain defined situations, but has been subjected to complex and technical interpretations by the judiciary. The effectiveness of the legislation in changing social practices and eliminating discrimination will be evaluated and alternative approached considered.
|Assessment:||Reflective essay of 1500 words, 20% (due week 10); and a final examination of two hours, 80% OR reflective essay of 1500 words, 20% (due week 10); and a research essay of 5000 words, 80% (due during the exam period).Students undertaking a placement: Assessment of placement performance (by external supervisor in consultation with the subject coordinator) 20% and assignment (on a topic of value to the placement organisation) 2500 words, 40% and a final 1-hour examination, 40%.|
|Prescribed Texts:||Printed materials will be issued by the Faculty of Law|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
On completion of the subject students should have developed or further developed the following generic skills:
Case reading and analysis
Reading and interpreting legislation
Critical and legal analysis and problem solving
Legal research and writing skills (Students who complete a research paper)
Oral communication skills through seminar participation and class presentation on research in progress
Practical workplace skills for students undertaking a placement
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