University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

LAW 2507 - Legal History

Career: Undergraduate Law
Units: 3
Term: Summer School
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Intensive
Restriction: Available to students with at least 12 units completed in LLB or 12 units at Level I for B.Criminology with B.Laws or BARTS, BARTA, DARTS, BTSBA, BTMBA, BDVST, BENVS, BINTR, BTSBA students with 3 units of History courses completed
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: LAW 1501 or HIST 1107 or HIST 1108 or HIST 1109
Incompatible: LAW 2006
Assessment: Participation, presentation, essay or exam (if essay not chosen)

This course will primarily examine the historical background of the Australian legal system and the influence of history on the evolution of Australian law and legal institutions. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions. They may include the following topics : the development and evolution of British legal institutions with a particular focus on the role of Courts and lawyers, the legal and philosophical foundations of the British Empire, the juridical status of Australian settlement, the status of the Aboriginal people under European law, frontier law and other original Australian developments, the move to independent legal institutions and the juridical nature of constitution making in Australia. The course will also introduce students to the sources of legal history generally and Australian legal history in particular, as well as basic historical methodology. Reference will also be made to the legal history of other English-speaking countries, European countries and international law.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Summer School Tue 14/01/2020 Thu 16/01/2020 Mon 10/02/2020 Wed 26/02/2020

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
92134 SE01 32 11 13 Jan - 17 Jan Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4pm - 8pm Ligertwood, 113, Teaching Room
20 Jan - 24 Jan Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4pm - 8pm Ligertwood, 113, Teaching Room