LAWS110-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Legal Foundations, Research and Writing

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024

Description

The course aims to provide a foundation in the skills of legal research and legal writing together with an academic grounding in topics fundamental to the New Zealand legal system. The course will involve training by way of proactive exercises in legal research and legal writing. It will also examine the historical development of New Zealand's legal system, fundamental constitutional doctrines and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi within the New Zealand legal system.

The objectives of LAWS110 are:
•  To provide you with a foundation in the skills of legal research and writing;
•  To provide you with practice in using law-specific databases to engage in legal research;
•  To introduce you to the legal issues relating to Māori rights under the New Zealand legal system, and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi;
•  To introduce you to the historical development of New Zealand’s legal institutions and constitution;
•  To provide you with skills in the fields of logical thinking and argument; and
•  To introduce you to alternative conceptions of “law”.

Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will, by the end of this course, be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  • The contested nature of the concept of law;
  • The history of legal systems, and the relevance of this history to the modern New Zealand system;
  •  The legal significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, and its role in New Zealand society; and
  •  New Zealand’s constitutional framework.


    A successful student will also be able to demonstrate competence in:
  •  Legal research, using a variety of primary and secondary sources;
  •  Critical analysis; and
  •  Legal writing.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Co-requisites

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 443
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Meremere 526
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
03 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 003 Music (29/2)
E12 (7/3)
E12 (7/3, 16/5-30/5)
E12 (7/3, 28/3, 16/5-30/5)
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
04 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Elsie Locke 104A (27/2)
Elsie Locke 104A (27/2, 26/3, 14/5-28/5)
Rehua 528 (5/3)
Elsie Locke 104A (26/3)
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
05 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 005 (28/2)
Meremere 526 (6/3)
Meremere 526 (6/3, 15/5-29/5)
Meremere 526 (6/3, 27/3, 15/5-29/5)
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
06 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
07 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
08 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 James Logie 104
26 Feb - 10 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
09 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 529 (27/2)
Rehua 529 (27/2, 26/3, 14/5-28/5)
Rehua 003 Music (5/3)
Rehua 529 (26/3)
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
10 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
11 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 443
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
12 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
26 Feb - 10 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
13 May - 2 Jun
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
03 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
04 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 James Logie 214-Mac Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
05 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
06 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
07 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
08 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
09 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
10 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
11 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
12 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
13 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar
14 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
18 Mar - 24 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalie Baird

Lecturers

Adrienne Paul , John Hopkins , Liam Grant , Rachael Harris and Sascha Mueller

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 1 15 Mar 2024 10%
Library Quiz 28 Mar 2024 10%
Essay 2 26 Apr 2024 25%
Te Reo Quiz 27 May 2024 5%
Final Exam 50%


The assessment is likely to consist of a first essay (10%), a library quiz (10%), a second essay (25%), a reo Māori quiz (5%) and a final exam (50%).

The details of the assessment for this course will be advised in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Morris, Grant; Law Alive: the New Zealand legal system in context, (4th ed) ; Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2019.

S Penk & M-R Russell; New Zealand law: Foundations and Method (2nd ed) ; Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018.

Webb, Duncan, Ruru, Jacinta, Scott, Paul; The Aotearoa New Zealand legal system: structures and processes (7th ed) ; Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2022.

Course links

Library portal

Notes

Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,663.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS110 Occurrences

  • LAWS110-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024