EDUC5523 Education Law

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit examines the legal implications of contemporary school based issues—introduction to basic legal principles (differentiating criminal law from civil law); negligence (bullying, excursions and sport, and first aid); the role of volunteers; physical contact (touching, assault, restraint and searches); cyber bullying (negligence, defamation, other civil remedies and statutory remedies); liability for educational outcomes (educational negligence, Australian consumer law and contractual issues); family law issues in schools (name changes, court orders, violence restraining orders and giving evidence in court); parents behaving badly; discrimination (disability, age, race and gender); access and ownership (teaching materials and downloading information); confidentiality, mandatory reporting and freedom of information; and police in schools, searches and interviewing students. Students examine these topics through hypothetical scenarios derived from current relevant issues, to understand the centrality of the concept of duty of care and the boundaries of the responsibility of school based personnel.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the legal implications of the variety of contemporary school based issues; (2) understand the centrality of the concept of duty of care for school leaders; (3) develop knowledge and skill to make wise decisions based on the interests of students' wellbeing; and (4) have the skills to negotiate the boundary of school leaders' responsibility and the need for legal intervention. These learning outcomes are achieved by investigation of contemporary school based hypothetical scenarios, the analysis of complex data sets depicting issues derived from relevant school situations and the application of legal principles.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1500-word assignment and (2) an e-portfolio comprising seven 500-word responses prepared throughout the semester. There is no examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Kate Offer
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