LEGAL105-21A (NET)

Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

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Paper Description

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An introduction for non-lawyers to the nature and functions of law and the processes of law-making. The relationship between law and society will be illustrated by relevant examples.


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Paper Structure

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This is a NET paper offered in A semester through a combination of directed teaching and learning using a variety of delivery presentations (written, audio, video, virtual) online via the University's e-learning platform called Moodle. The teaching component comprises 4 hours per week in A semester as follows:

 Students will read Theme Guide-sheets that will assist them through the reading material, tutorial activity and assessment (if any);

 Students can view a series of optional mini lectures presented for selected Themes that will cover legal concepts associated with the different areas of law covered. Some students may read the powerpoints only.

 Students will contribute to 10 Tutorial Forums in selected weeks;

 Students will review selected Themes to complete a short answer Test.

 Students will conduct legal research using the online Law Library databases to complete a Legal Writing assessment.

 Students will interact and communicate through specific online Forums to build a learner-friendly online community for those enrolled in the paper.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

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    Carry out basic legal tasks/skills including
    • Legal research and legal writing;
    • Identifying and reading legislation and legal cases;
    • Applying primary sources of law (legislation and legal cases) particularly in the area of common law transactions used in New Zealand;
    • Identifying and discussing key institutions, personnel, functions and processes of the New Zealand legal system; and
    • Identifying and discussing selected categories of law which are used in the New Zealand legal system and society.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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Requirements for assessed work

Te Piringa Faculty of Law procedures for the presentation, submission and referencing of course work are set out in the Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Handbook which is available from http://www.waikato.ac.nz/law/undergraduate.

Assignment resources are available online at http://www.waikato.ac.nz/law/student/

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1 (multi-choice)
12 Mar 2021
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Legal Research Skills Quizzes
26 Mar 2021
9:00 AM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Legal Writing Assignment
10 May 2021
11:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 2 (short answer)
17 May 2021
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test 3 (multi-choice)
4 Jun 2021
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Tutorial Forum contributions (10)
4 Jun 2021
9:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All relevant reading and viewing materials will be provided online on Moodle for the paper.

An online copy of Coppard, McLay, Murray & Orpin-Dowell, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 3rd edition, Thomson Reuters (2018) is accessible on Te Piringa Faculty of Law webpage under Course Resources at (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/law/student).

Te Piringa Faculty of Law requires that students access course materials for this paper on Moodle (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz), the University of Waikato’s online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

University of Waikato owns the intellectual property rights, including copyright, in and to this site, or has acquired the necessary licenses to display the material on the site. As a student of the Te Piringa Faculty of Law, you are granted a limited license to use (access, display or print a single copy) the material from the papers in which you are enrolled for the purposes of participating in the paper only, provided the information is not modified. Materials may not under any circumstances be copied, stored, distributed or provided in any form or method whatsoever to any third party. Any other use of the material is prohibited. None of the material may be otherwise reproduced, reformatted, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written consent of University of Waikato. To obtain such consent, please contact the Te Piringa Faculty of Law.

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Recommended Readings

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Note: All relevant readings and viewing material will be provided online on Moodle for the paper.

If students would like to access further readings, we recommend the following texts:

G Morris, Law Alive: The New Zealand Legal System in Context (4th ed, Thomson Reuters, Wellington 2019).

S Penk and MR Russell, New Zealand Law: Foundations and Method (2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018).

J Ruru, P Scott, & D Webb, The New Zealand Legal System: Structures, Processes & Legal Theory (6th ed, LexisNexis NZ Limited, Wellington, 2016).

L Miller & M Barber, Understanding Commercial Law (9th ed, LexisNexis NZ Limited, Wellington, 2019).

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at help@waikato.ac.nz or call 838 4008.


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Workload

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to viewing lecture material on Moodle, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.


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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper may be credited to degree programmes as an elective paper, including towards the LLB programme, subject to individual programme regulations and approval of the appropriate School/Faculty.

This paper cannot be used towards the LLB degree.

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LAWS103, LEGAL103, LEGAL104, LAWS106, LEGAL106, LAWS205, LEGAL205.

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