LAWS110-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Legal Foundations, Research and Writing

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      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.

Co-requisites

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 15:00 - 16:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (30/4)
John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room (26/2-5/3, 26/3, 7/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (2/5)
Link 309 Lecture Theatre (28/2-7/3, 28/3, 9/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
03 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 443 (27/2-6/3, 27/3, 8/5)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (1/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
04 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab (29/4)
Jack Erskine 340 (25/2-4/3, 25/3, 6/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
05 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre (26/2-5/3, 26/3, 7/5)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (30/4)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
06 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (1/5)
John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room (27/2-6/3, 27/3, 8/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
07 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 A9 Lecture Theatre (25/2-4/3, 25/3, 6/5)
Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (29/4)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
08 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 443 (28/2-7/3, 28/3, 9/5)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (2/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
09 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (3/5)
Putaiao Koiora 275 (1/3-8/3, 29/3, 10/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
10 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 443 (1/3-8/3, 29/3, 10/5)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (3/5)
25 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 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 11 Mar 2019 10% Essay One
Online Library Test 29 Mar 2019 10%
Essay Two 05 Apr 2019 25% Essay Two
Essay Three 22 May 2019 25%
Final Exam 30%


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

Textbooks

Recommended Reading

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

Palmer, G. W. R., Butler, A. S; Towards Democratic Renewal : Ideas for Constitutional Change in New Zealand; Victoria University Press, 2018.

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 $806.00

International fee $3,775.00

* 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.

All LAWS110 Occurrences

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