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LAW4108

Faculty of Law

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2011

Synopsis

Topics covered include: the guarantees of fundamental liberties; the role of the Conference of Rulers; relations between the federation and the states; the judiciary; special and emergency powers; processes of constitutional amendments; the separation of powers doctrine; the methods, techniques and attitudes of the Malaysian judiciary in constitutional interpretation.

Objectives

On completion of this unit students should

  1. have acquired an understanding of the functioning of the Malaysian constitutional system;
  2. have acquired an appreciation of contemporary issues relating to the constitutional and political systems of Malaysia; and
  3. be able to see the dynamics of constitutional change in the context of a developing society, with a diversity of races, religions and cultures.

Assessment

Research assignment (5000 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week

Prerequisites

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104