LAWS5167 Comparative Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Comparative law has long played an important role in statutory law reform but is also gaining increasing acceptance in the decision making process of appellate courts. The comparative study of foreign law can contribute to a deeper understanding of our own legal system and to the development of new solutions for legal issues. This unit introduces students to the comparative law method and to the basic structures and principles of selected major legal systems, with reference to various areas of law.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) evaluate the discipline of comparative law and its methodologies; (2) assess how best to employ comparative methodologies and techniques in their work; (3) undertake a piece of comparative research; and (4) critically analyse the benefits and disadvantages of comparative law and its application in various areas of law.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class presentation and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor Student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 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)
Professor Camilla Andersen
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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