Foundations of Law

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Law

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies, Pre-Law

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Law, the legal system, and political system impact our daily lives. This is particularly so for those engaged in business, commerce, public service and professions. The course introduces a broad framework of Australia's legal and political system and examines the sources of law, important provisions of the state and federal constitutions, court hierarchy and jurisdiction, precedent, civil liability, aspects of professional negligence and introduces consumer protection law, business organisations, contract and agency. It establishes a solid legal knowledge foundation for business and commerce and contributes to the enhancement of student attributes in analysis and problem solving.
    1. Identify and explain the principal features of the Australian Legal System;
    2. Identify the key legal risks associated with setting up and running a business and explain legal and business strategies used to control those risks;
    3. Outline the main legal requirements for creating and enforcing a contract;
    4. Apply problem solving methods to identify, analyse and explain areas of law covered during the course.
    Topics to be covered are:
    • An examination of what is "law", including such concepts as the Rule of Law, and the 'Doctrine of Separation of Powers'.
    • The key features of Australia's legal system, looking at the roles and functions of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, the reception of English laws and the creation and evolution of the Australian Commonwealth.
    • The key legal issues and risks to be addressed when setting up a business
    • An introduction to the law of torts, with a focus on the law of negligence and negligent misstatement
    • An overview of the key areas of Australian intellectual property law
    • An introduction to the common law rules for creating and enforcing a contract
    • An overview of consumer protection law with a focus on the general protections under the Australian Consumer Law
    • An introduction to the law of agency and the laws impacting on the employment relationship.
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Seminar based Multiple Choice Tests
    Formal Examination: Final Exam
    Written Assignment: Seminar based Individual and Group problem-based tasks
    Online Learning Activity: Legal Research Exercise

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.