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This course examines the intersection between education and the law in New Zealand. It combines legal theory with practical legal challenges that education professionals may encounter. The course assumes no prior legal training, addresses contemporary challenges and covers areas such as statutory interpretation, judicial review, employment law and privacy law, as well as issues relating to school discipline and child protection. There is scope for students to research in an area of education law that is of interest to them.
Education Law is the law that pertains to the constituting and functioning of educational systems, institutions or departments. It therefore draws on elements from and requires an understanding of a wide variety of legal specialisations. This course begins with an examination of how laws are made, interpreted and applied including a consideration of the roles played by legislative and judicial bodies and how these roles intersect and, at time, clash. This topic is discussed in the context of how educational institutions are held to account and, in turn, may hold other parties to account through the legal system.The course covers aspects of statutory interpretation, judicial review, employment law and privacy law, as well as issues relating to school discipline, child protection and relating to the legal profession. There will be scope for students to pursue particular elements of education law of interest to them.The course content consists of video presentations, guides to legal research, interaction through adobe connect sessions, chat forums on Learn, guest lectures from legal experts, and readings of articles, statutes and judgments from leading cases.The course is designed for educational leaders and scholars and aims to orient towards the practical whilst being grounded in a sound understanding of legal theory.
Participants who have successfully completed this course will be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of the main areas of law that affect education in New Zealand;Identify the nature of legal risks and problems in formal and non-formal educational contexts;Identify and implement strategies for developing solutions to legal challenges in education; Make use of case law, statutes and scholarly analysis to conduct research in various areas of the law
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Subject to the approval of the Head of School
Domestic fee $1,905.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Educational Studies and Leadership