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LAWS438 Civil Liberties and the Public Sector

Government actions that restrict citizen's liberties: rights theory; privacy; protest; hate speech; censorship; and claims that government statutes or actions are discriminatory.

This paper, Civil Liberties and the Public Sector, will focus on rights and liberties involved in government restrictions on behaviour. Topics covered will include Police powers of arrest and detention, search and seizure and the right to protest.

Paper title Civil Liberties and the Public Sector
Paper code LAWS438
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
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LAWS 201
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed.
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS474 passed in 2012, 2014, or with LAWS405 passed in 2010 or earlier.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed when paper next offered.

Course materials are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

The major aim of this paper is to prepare students for legal practice in this area by covering the substantive law involved.

Additional aims include

  • Giving students exposure to the wide range of opinions concerning the desirability of the laws in question
  • Improving students' confidence in speaking and their ability to articulate and justify submissions
  • Developing or furthering an appreciation of the desirability of diversity and inclusive policies
  • Furthering students' research and writing skills (if choosing the optional research paper assignment)

By the end of this paper, students should be able to identify potential civil liberties issues involved in government restrictions on the actions of individuals and be able to apply the law covered in the paper to a given set of facts.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system