Advocacy

Subject 730-420 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Five 2-hour lectures, three performance workshops each of approximately 3.5 hours duration
Total Time Commitment:

100 hours

Prerequisites:

Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory or in each case their equivalents.

Students who have completed 730-385 Evidence or 730-457 Evidence and Proof will have first preference to enrol in this subject. Students who are taking 730-385 Evidence or 730-457 Evidence and Proof will have second preference to enrol in the subject.

Corequisites: None
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

Coordinator

Dr Jacqueline Horan
Subject Overview:

This is a limited enrolment subject in which students will receive intensive exposure to and experience of the theory and practice of court room advocacy. The aim of this subject is to introduce students to practical aspects of litigation including the nature of the adversary process and the role of the advocate, to provide students with an introduction to basic advocacy skills in the context of a trial including presentation, strategies and √ā¬≠conceptualisation of a case (how the case will be run), opening and closing address, examination in chief, cross examination, general communication skills; and to provide students with the opportunity of applying those skills in a series of performance workshops.

Objectives: At the end of this subject students should be able to:
  • Perform basic advocacy skills
  • Identify good and bad advocacy
  • Prepare for and conduct a mini trial and have an appreciation of court room ethics and etiquette
Assessment:

Each assessment task will involve students performing a series of advocacy skills: lead evidence in chief; cross examination; deliver and address (either and opening or closing). These tasks will be assessed on the basis of conceptualisation, preparation and communication. Students are required to present a summary of their oral submission in written form. Each student will perform three 7-minute assessment tasks (chief, cross, examination, address), each of which has equal weight (33.3%) and each of which is assessed according to the 40:40:20 scheme set out as follows: oral communication 40%; conceptualisation 40%; written submission 20%.

Prescribed Texts: Hampel on Advocacy (M Perry), Leo Cussen Institute
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 the following generic skills:

  • The capacity to communicate
  • Attitudes towards knowledge that include, valuing truth, openness to new ideas and ethics associated with knowledge creations and usage
  • The capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources'
  • The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection
  • The capacity to solve problems, including through the collection and evaluation of information
  • The capacity to plan and manage time
Notes:

This subject has a quota of 48 students.

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