LAWS110-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Legal Foundations, Research and Writing

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018

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 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
02 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
03 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
04 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
05 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
06 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
07 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
08 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
09 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 May
10 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 26 Feb - 11 Mar
26 Mar - 1 Apr
14 May - 27 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

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

Textbooks

Recommended Reading

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

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.

Webb, Duncan , Ruru, Jacinta, Scott, Paul; The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes; 6th edition;

Course links

Library portal

Notes

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $790.00

International fee $3,888.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

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