LAWS1112 Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Content
The law affects each and every one of us, although not always in the same way. The vast majority of people are unaware of the many legal issues that can impact on everyday lives.This unit will introduce students to some of the most fundamental legal concepts as well as providing practical guidance in navigating legal issues that can be encountered on a day to day basis. Covering all major aspects of a person's life, such as working, consuming, renting and using the internet, this unit will be particularly useful to those students new to adulthood.

The unit will provide an introduction to the law, including the nature and role of law, sources and the court system before moving on to a consideration of core legal concepts, such as Criminal Law, Torts and Contract. These core concepts will be interspersed with practical topics, examining how these central legal principles may arise in a real world context. These practical topics will include driving, working, housing, medical care, and purchasing goods and services, as well as how to advocate for change in the law.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the key legal issues that impact on everyday life and critique how these issues may impact on their own lives; (2) identify and discuss the legal issues that arise in a range of hypothetical fact situations; (3) apply the relevant principles of law and construct arguments as to the legal rights and duties of the parties involved in hypothetical scenarios; (4) explain the operation of the principal institutions of the legal system and the core legal concepts of contract, tort and criminal law; and (5) describe and critique the interrelationship of the core legal concepts with the broader legal topics covered.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Kate Offer
Contact hours
Lectures and Practical Classes: up to 3 hours per week
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