The course content (lectures and other learning materials) will be delivered online, every week during weeks 1-12. Each week students will be required to read the required readings and listen to approximately 2 hours of pre-recorded lecture or other course material that will be available on iLearn. Lectures being in week 1 and finish in week 12. Tutorials being in week 2 and finish in week 13. Given the current COVID situation the mode of delivery for this unit could change to 'online only' at short notice. Until that time however, tutorials will be run both online and face to face.
All students are required to prepare for, attend and actively participate in either compulsory weekly face-to-face or online tutorials or a 2-day compulsory online OCS. Students who cannot attend both days of the OCS due to a clash with another subject should choose a different subject as all students are required to attend both days of the OCS. If a student is not able to attend the OCS due to an unforeseen circumstance they will be allocated alternative work that will require the student to undertake the same degree of preparation, pre-reading and participation (amounting to 2 full days and additional preparation time). Only students with an approved special consideration will be allocated alternative work.
Students require access to a computer and a secure and reliable internet provider.
The required text is: George Williams, Sean Brennan and Andrew Lynch, Blackshield and Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory: Commentary and Materials (Federation Press, 7th ed, 2018). (Please note - we will be using the standard text NOT the abridged version). Additional set readings will also be made available via iLearn or else publicly available.
Please ensure you also acquire a copy of the Commonwealth Constitution and bring it to your classes. A pdf version is available here: http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/Constitution
Some further resources that might be of use as recommended reading are:
- Melissa Castan and Sarah Joseph, Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (Thomson Reuters, 5th ed).
- Cheryl Saunders, The Constitution of Australia: A Contextual Analysis (Hart Publishing, 2010)
- James Stellios, Zines' The High Court and the Constitution (Federation Press, 2015, 6th ed).