Introduction to Law

LAW10021 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020.  

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce 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. The aim of this unit is to enable students, through the study of cases, statutes and other materials, to acquire an understanding of, and competence in, the Australian legal system and the principles of statutory interpretation.
Unit Learning Outcomes  
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe and evaluate the Australian legal system including the respective roles of parliament, the executive and the courts
2. Explain the doctrine of precedent and use it to evaluate the relative importance of judicial decisions
3. Explain the law making and development functions of the courts
4. Locate, interpret, evaluate and apply legislation to legal issues
5. Conduct legal research and use the results of that research to recommend solutions to legal problems