2018 Winter School Subject List

Public Law (LAWS1021) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Ms Nicola Franklin - nicola.franklin@sydney.edu.au

(1) Ms Ly Tran - ly.tran@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 10 Jan 2017 
End Date: 02 Feb 2017 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 07 Dec 2016 
Census date: 18 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 18 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisite: - 

    LAWS1006 Foundations of Law

  2. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  3. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Bachelor of Laws students only.


This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles and structures that underpin constitutional and administrative law in Australia. It is broader than either of these subjects because its focus is on generic issues of governance and accountability, focusing on questions of power: what power is exercised by whom, from what source, with what limits and how and by whom is the exercise of those powers to be scrutinised. The unit begins with an introduction to the Constitution, its history, and the structures established by it, together with consideration of how to change both State and Commonwealth Constitutions. The unit then moves to consider the three arms of government and related concepts such as representative and responsible government. In the final topics for the unit, the various mechanisms by which the executive can be made accountable are considered, including by the Parliament, judicial review, and investigative tribunals.


1 x 1hr in-class test, 30% closed book; 1 x 2hr exam (plus 30mins reading time) 70% open book


Start Date: 10 Jan 2017     End Date: 02 Feb 2017


Tues 10 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Wed 11 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Thurs 12 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Tues 17 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Wed 18 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Thurs 19 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Tues 31 Jan: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Wed 1 Feb: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Thurs 2 Feb: 12.00 – 17:00 hrs

Final Exam: To be advised.


ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre 1170


Williams, Brennan & Lynch Blackshield & Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory (2014, 6th ed, Federation Press) Full Version; and Cane and McDonald Principles of Administrative Law: Legal Regulation of Governance (2013, 2nd ed, Melbourne: Oxford University Press) (students are not required to buy the companion casebook)