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Introduction to Australian Law & Statutory Interpretation

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW10010

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit enables students, through the study of cases, statutes and other materials, to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, and competence in, the fundamentals of the Australian legal system and the principles of statutory interpretation. This unit introduces students to the study of law. It examines the Australian legal system, the doctrine of precedent, the interpretation of legislation, legal research methods and writing skills.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate the fundamental aspects of the Australian legal system.
  • Explain the fundamental principles of common law and use them to evaluate the relative importance of judicial decisions
  • Describe and apply the law relating to statutory interpretation to solve a legal issue
  • Locate, interpret and select appropriate legal sources.