units

LAW5420

Faculty of Law

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Law

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted. In Prato/Malaysia, the unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students

Offered

Not offered in 2016

Synopsis

The unit focuses on providing the students with an understanding of fundamental aspects of the legal and constitutional systems of Malaysia and Singapore. Topics covered include the making of the Malaysian and Singapore constitutions, the King, Rulers and the Constitution, the 1983 Constitutional Crisis, the 1993 Constitutional Crisis, Emergency Powers and Preventive Detention Laws, the Malaysian Judiciary, religious freedom in Malaysia and Singapore's Presidency.

Outcomes

Objectives:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of the key features of the constitutional systems of Malaysia and Singapore, with creativity and initiative to new situations for further learning;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to significant political and legal developments in constitutionalism in Malaysia and Singapore;
  3. conduct research into the fundamental aspects of the legal and constitutional systems of Malaysia and Singapore, based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  4. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts to Malaysian and Singaporean constitutional systems.

Assessment

Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester [in Prato they will have 36 contact hours] whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.