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LAWS479 Special Topic 10

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Comparative study of the constitutional dimensions of federalism in Australia, Canada and the USA. Judicial interpretation of the legislative powers of the federal and state levels of government.

Special topics are used to introduce new Law papers to the curriculum.

Paper title Special Topic 10
Paper code LAWS479
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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LAWS 204 and 96 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Teaching staff
Professor John Dawson
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

Students who successfully complete this paper will have

  • An understanding of the general features of the federal systems of Australia, Canada and the United States
  • An understanding of how, over the course of those countries' histories, the division of legislative powers between the federal and state levels of government has been interpreted by their Supreme Courts

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41