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LAWS405 Civil Liberties and the Private Sector

The sources and nature of civil rights; a survey of rights an individual may assert against government and against others.

This paper will focus on rights and liberties involved in the interaction of individuals with business and industry. Privacy law, discrimination in the provision of goods and services, employment discrimination, whistleblowing and harassment will be the major topics covered. Class time will be devoted to lecture with significant student participation.

Paper title Civil Liberties and the Private Sector
Paper code LAWS405
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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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Selene Mize

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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 the interactions of individuals with business and industry 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