Fundamentals of the Common Law
Subject LAWS70217 (2016)
Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start: 01-Feb-2016
This subject is offered as an intensive and in semester length format at different times during the year.
This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 24-26 hours |
Total Time Commitment:
The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.
Students who are required to undertake this subject are advised to do so as early as possible in their course.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||
Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.
|Non Allowed Subjects:||
Students who have a degree in law from, or are admitted to practise in, a common law jurisdiction are not permitted to enrol in this subject except with the permission of the Associate Dean, Melbourne Law Masters.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:
Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.
CoordinatorMs Erica Grundell, Ms Judy Bourke, Ms Raelene Harrison, Prof Michael Tilbury
Mr Simon McKenzie 24 February – 1 March
Ms Raelene Harrison* 29 February – 4 March
Professor Michael Tilbury* 27 July – 2 August
Semester length classes
Ms Erica Grundell* Thursday classes
Ms Raelene Harrison Monday classes
Ms Judy Bourke* Monday classes
Phone: +61 3 8344 6190
The common law forms one of the two principal systems of Western law that, through colonisation, have spread throughout the world. The common law’s understanding of the nature of law, its approach to the resolution of disputes and its institutions have all had a profound effect on the development not only of the societies in the countries in which it applies, but also of international law and practice. This subject introduces the common law, at an advanced level, to graduates in disciplines other than law and to law graduates of non-common law jurisdictions. Adopting a historical, comparative and jurisprudential approach, the subject studies the major rules, principles and values of the common law that are likely to enhance an understanding of the other subjects that students will undertake in the Melbourne Law Masters. The subject also aims to develop skills in legal analysis, research and writing.
This subject provides an examination of the history, principal legal concepts and institutions of the common law. Topics will be chosen with a view to providing a basis of knowledge and understanding for areas of law covered elsewhere in the Melbourne Law Masters.
Principal topics include:
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.
Specialist printed materials will be made available free of charge from the Melbourne Law School prior to the pre-teaching period.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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|Links to further information:||www.law.unimelb.edu.au/subject/LAWS70217/2016|
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