LAW5361 - Foundations of regulation: Policy, principles and practice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7313


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.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct research into relevant domestic and international materials on contemporary understandings of different strategies and techniques that may be considered regulation along with their juridical nature.
  2. Apply knowledge of both the historical context of regulatory activities as well as current controversies in regulation with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice
  3. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, and concepts as well as a range of theoretical rationales in relation to regulation and to critically evaluate the veracity of such theories based on knowledge of appropriate concepts from law and sociology, and from political economy
  4. Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to regulation and public policy, including the nature of major regulatory institutions, the role of government in regulation, and regulatory development processes and its policy context.



Essay (2,250 words): 30%

Research Essay (4,500 words): 60%

Participation (throughout): 10%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

Chief examiner(s)