LAWS110-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Legal Foundations, Research and Writing

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017

Description

The course aims to provide a foundation in the skills of legal research and legal writing together with an academic grounding in topics fundamental to the New Zealand legal system. The course will involve training by way of proactive exercises in legal research and legal writing. It will also examine the historical development of New Zealand's legal system, fundamental constitutional doctrines and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi within the New Zealand legal system.

The objectives of LAWS110 are:
•  To provide you with a foundation in the skills of legal research and writing;
•  To provide you with practice in using law-specific databases to engage in legal research;
•  To introduce you to the legal issues relating to Maori rights under the New Zealand legal system, and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi;
•  To introduce you to the historical development of New Zealand’s legal institutions and constitution;
•  To provide you with skills in the fields of logical thinking and argument; and
•  To introduce you to alternative conceptions of “law”.

Learning Outcomes

A successful student will, by the end of this course, be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  •  The legal significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, and its role in New Zealand society;
  •  The history of both the English and New Zealand legal systems, and the relevance of this history to the modern New Zealand system;
  •  New Zealand’s constitutional doctrines; and
  •  Basic ideas around the nature/conception of law.

    A successful student will also be able to demonstrate competence in:
  •  Legal research, using a variety of primary and secondary sources;
  •  Legal writing; and
  •  Logical reasoning and argument.

Co-requisites

Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
02 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
02 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
02 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Kirkwood KB05 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Kirkwood KD05 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
03 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Kirkwood KD08 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
04 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Kirkwood KB05 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
05 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Kirkwood KD07 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
06 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Kirkwood KF07 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
07 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Kirkwood KD07 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
08 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Kirkwood KE06 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
09 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Kirkwood KH07 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May
10 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Kirkwood KB05 27 Feb - 12 Mar
3 Apr - 9 Apr
15 May - 28 May

Timetable Note

The stipulated rooms have only sufficient seats for students allocated for each lecture stream and workshop group at enrolment.  Serious seating problems will arise if students arbitrarily shift lecture streams or workshop groups.  If you have an issue with your allocation please contact the School of Law Academic Administrator for assistance.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

John Hopkins

Lecturers

Natalie Baird , Sascha Mueller , Sacha McMeeking and Abby Suszko

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay One 13 Mar 2017 10% Essay One
Essay Two 03 May 2017 30% Essay Two
Online Library Quizzes 10% Online Library Quizzes
Essay Three 06 Jun 2017 50% Essay Three


Each student’s final mark is arrived at by a combination of marks for the assessments.  The assessment and percentages of the assessments will be advised at the commencement of the course.

NOTE: Assessments will only be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.

The details of the assessment for this course will be advised in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks

Recommended Reading

Joseph, Philip A; Constitutional & administrative law in New Zealand; 3rd ed; Thomson/Brookers, 2007.

Krever, Richard E., Barkehall Thomas, Susan; Mastering law studies and law exam techniques; 7th ed; LexisNexis Butterworths, 2011.

Miller, Raymond; New Zealand government and politics; 5th ed; Oxford University Press, 2010.

Morris, Grant; Law alive : the New Zealand legal system in context; 2nd ed; Oxford University Press, 2012.

Mulgan, R. G. , Aimer, Peter; Politics in New Zealand; 3rd ed. ; Auckland University Press, 2004.

Orange, Claudia; An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi; Bridget Williams Books, 2004.

Palmer, G. W. R. , Butler, Andrew S., Scott, Tom; A constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand;

Palmer, G. W. R. , Palmer, Matthew; Bridled power : New Zealand's constitution and government; 4th ed; Oxford University Press, 2004.

Spiller, Peter. , Finn, Jeremy., Boast, Richard; A New Zealand legal history; 2nd ed; Brookers, 2001.

Spiller, Peter., Hinde, M.S., Hinde, G.W; Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary; 7th ed; LexisNexis NZ, 2011.

Webb, Duncan et al; The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes; 5th ed; LexisNexis, 2010.

Williams, Glanville Llewelyn , Smith, A. T. H; Glanville Williams - learning the law; 14th ed. ; Sweet & Maxwell /Thomson Reuters, 2010.

Course links

Library portal

Notes

Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.

Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

For further information see School of Law.

All LAWS110 Occurrences

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