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LAWS1021 - Public Law
Faculty of Law (Sydney Law School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band three
Domestic Fee: $4,387
International Fee: $5,237
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Law
Offered session(s): 2, 43
Prerequisites: LAWS1006
Prohibitions: LAWS2002, LAWS3003, LAWS1004, LAWS5007
Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Elisa Arcioni

Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks

Assessment: 1hr in-class test (40%) and 2hr final exam (60%)

This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles and structures that underpin constitutional and administrative law in Australia. It is broader than either of these subjects because its focus is on generic issues of governance and accountability, focusing on questions of power: what power is exercised by whom, from what source, with what limits and how and by whom is the exercise of those powers to be scrutinised. The unit begins with an introduction to the Constitution, its history, and the structures established by it, together with consideration of how to change both State and Commonwealth Constitutions. The unit then moves to consider the three arms of government and related concepts such as representative and responsible government. The unit then moves to consider the various mechanisms by which the executive can be made accountable, including by the Parliament, judicial review, merits review and investigative tribunals
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