LEGAL205-19T (NET)

Foundations in Legal Studies

15 Points

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Paper Description

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A paper to provide students with a basic understanding of the New Zealand legal system, and an introduction to the law of torts, contract, agency, sale of goods and services, persons including corporate bodies, property and consumer legislation. Subject to the approval of the Faculty of Law, this paper may be taken as an individual interest paper, or by students enrolled in qualifications other than Law.
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Paper Structure

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This is a NET paper offered in B and T 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 B semester and 8 hours in T semester as follows:

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

 Students will view 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 compulsory Tutorial Forums in selected weeks.

 Students will review selected Themes to complete online Tests.

 Students will conduct legal research using the online Law Library databases to complete a legal opinion and a case analysis.

 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 course should be able to:

  • Identify and explain basic legal concepts and processes associated with New Zealand's legal system.
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  • Discuss statutory and common law areas of law; and apply that law to legal issues presented.
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  • Examine and demonstrate how basic legal concepts and elements are applicable to contemporary legal transactions.
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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 @ p.35 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)
15 Nov 2019
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Legal Research Quizzes (3)
25 Nov 2019
9:00 AM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Legal Opinion
2 Dec 2019
9:00 AM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Case Analysis
9 Dec 2019
9:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test 2 (multi choice)
13 Dec 2019
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Tutorial Forums submissions (10)
20 Dec 2019
9:00 AM
20
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
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 material will be provided online on Moodle for the paper.

All law students are required to access, for use in all law papers, a copy of Coppard, McLay, Murray & Orpin-Dowell, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 3rd edition, Thomson Reuters (2018). For Laws 205 students, 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). Laws 205 students will use this online copy for the Legal Opinion assessment where citation of legislation and legal cases in text and footnotes is required.

In addition to the texts identified above 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:

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

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

Grant Morris, Law Alive: The New Zealand Legal System in Context (3rd ed, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 2015).

Leigh Miller Understanding Commercial Law (8th ed, LexisNexis NZ Limited, Wellington, 2014).

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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 athelp@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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The Foundations in Legal Studies paper is an essential requirement of the Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution. The paper is primarily designed to equip students with the skills to complete the law papers which are part of the Diploma. Subject to approval, the paper may be taken as an individual interest paper or by students enrolled in a qualification other than Law.

This paper cannot be used towards the LLB degree.

Restriction(s)

LAWS105

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LAWS103, LEGAL103, LEGAL104, LAWS106, LEGAL106, LAWS105, LEGAL105.

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