units

LAW7076

Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013

Notes

Synopsis

The unit provides a comprehensive and critical examination of current issues relating to laws which affect public information in the possession of, or generated by, the federal and Victorian governments (including statutory authorities and municipalities). Topics covered include statutory requirements to provide reasons for decisions, public access to hearings and meetings, freedom of information, breach of confidence, public interest immunity, legal professional privilege, Crown copyright, statutory secrecy provisions and privacy.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should:

  1. understand the close interrelationship of the diverse laws which regulate or affect public access to government information
  2. have acquired a comprehensive and up-do-date knowledge of the Commonwealth and Victorian Freedom of Information Acts, of the statutory provisions which require provision of written reasons and of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
  3. have extended their basic understanding and knowledge of the legal principles and rules relating to evidentiary privilege and breach of confidence
  4. be able to critically analyse from a variety of theoretical perspectives the ways in which these various laws balance competing public and private interests involved
  5. demonstrate a capacity to conduct systematic research on some specific topic of Government and information law
  6. have an appreciation of contemporary issues of relevance to this area of law.

Assessment

Research assignment (5,250 words): 70%:
Take-home examination (2,250 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements). Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.