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Unit Overview


This unit aims to expose students to the Singaporean legal system and enable them to engage with recent developments and issues in that system. Delivered by a combination of lecturers from National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Social Sciences and practitioners, it will allow students to develop comparative law skills and to critically assess contemporary developments in Singapore law and society. The unit covers the history and structure of Singaporean law and selected areas of Singaporean law, such as criminal law, private law, criminology, and dispute settlement.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus

Students are able to (1) explain the social and cultural basis upon which the law operates in Singapore; (2) describe Singaporean legal history and its contemporary legal system; (3) analyse specific issues relevant to the Singaporean legal system; and (4) apply comparative law skills in evaluating the Singaporean and Australian legal systems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) reflective journals; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Alvin Yap
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
and 30 points Unit(s) in your chosen degree
Approved quota: 30—first come first serve, priority to final year, academic merit (if needed)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Flights (estimated cost - 1500)
(2) Accommodation (estimated cost - 1200)
(3) Incidentals (estimated cost - 500).
Contact hours
One week Study Tour, plus pre- and post-tour activities and assessments
This unit will run in November/December 2024. Further information, such as how to express interest to enrol in this unit, will be available in mid-2024.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.