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LAW5115 Advanced Legal History

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 September 2023


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW5111
Enrolment is not permitted in LAW5115 if LAW5114 or LAW5502 or HIS5115 has been previously completed


This course is designed to introduce students to the broader historical and socio-political underpinnings of law in Australia, including the significant influences of English law and the Constitution of the United States of America. It includes a study of English legal history before and after European settlement in Australia, the American constitutional settlement, the impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australians, and the legal consequences of political and social changes in Australia. It also includes the development of skills relevant to legal study, including critical thinking and communication.

Law is shaped by its surrounding society. The study of history requires an appreciation of the effect changing social habits and attitudes have on law, and the study of law requires an understanding of social and historical setting in which political institutions and law developed. Students will address concepts that have affected the development of Australian institutions and law, and the historical circumstances that gave rise to constitutional principles such as the rule of law, sovereignty, the role of Parliament, the electoral franchise and the separation of powers. The impact of law on Indigenous Australians will also be included.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Interim Trimester 3, 2023 Online
Date printed 27 September 2023