LAW2111 - Constitutional law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Semester 1: Associate Professor Luke Beck
Semester 2: Dr Julie Debeljak

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

Single degree LLB Hons students:

LAW1111 Foundations of Law

LAW1114 Criminal Law 1

LAW2101 Contract A

LAW1113 Torts

Double degree LLB Hons students:

LAW1111 Foundations of Law

LAW1114 Criminal Law 1

LAW1112 Public Law and Statutory Interpretation

LAW2112 Property A

LAW2101 Contract A

LAW1113 Torts

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW3200


The unit examines the Victorian and Commonwealth Constitutions; advanced principles regarding separation of judicial powers at State and Commonwealth levels; Australian federalism and inter-governmental relations, including the distribution of legislative and fiscal powers between the Commonwealth and the States, inconsistency of laws, and intergovernmental immunities; some principal Commonwealth legislative powers; limitations on governmental power, including selected express and implied constitutional rights and freedoms; and critical analysis of techniques and principles of constitutional interpretation.


At the successful completion of this Unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe, discuss and analyse Commonwealth and State constitutional law and practice.
  2. Evaluate judgements on Australian constitutional cases demonstrating particular attention to the interpretive techniques used and the principles/policies underlying the judgements and doctrines.
  3. Assess the constitutional validity of Commonwealth and Victorian legislation and executive actions.
  4. Evaluate and apply constitutional law and interpretative principles of constitutional law to generate appropriate legal responses.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. Tutorial attendance: 5%
  2. Tutorial participation: 10%
  3. Written Assignment (1,250 words): 25%
  4. Final Examination (2 hours and 30 minutes): 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information