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LAW7313 - Regulatory fundamentals: concepts, constructs and context

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Graeme Hodge / Mr Rex Deighton Smith


City (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit is an introduction to the area of regulatory studies. It examines the wide ranging conceptual nature of regulation, its history and the justifications for control, through regulation of both state and non-state origin. It articulates a range of useful constructs for regulatory activities and provides frameworks for better understanding regulatory mechanisms, processes for regulatory development, review and reform, and regulatory institutions.


  1. Understand the wide nature of what may be considered regulation
  2. Understand the reasons behind regulation, and the historical context of such activities
  3. Understand some of the major regulatory institutions
  4. Understand the variety of different strategies and techniques which may be used in regulation, and their juridical nature
  5. Explore the role of government in regulation, its development processes, and policy context
  6. Understand global dimensions of regulation


Essay (2,250 words): 30%
Essay (5,250 words): 70%

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester, intensively, or semi-intensively.

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