LAW 2519 - Native Title Internship Programme
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 2519 Course Native Title Internship Programme Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Law (LLB) Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites LAW 1506 Restrictions Available to LLB students only Quota By selection only- selected students will have secured an Aurora Project Native Title Internship Course Description The course allows students completing internships with native title representative bodies and other organisations which deal with native title in Australia for a period of four to six weeks to complete an academic course which complements their internship experience. The internships enable students to build on their understanding of the theory of native title law by gaining an appreciation of its practical operation. The associated elective course aims to give depth and context to student's existing knowledge of native title law and Indigenous law and policy.
Associated with the internship students will be asked to complete an agreed research task under the supervision of the course coordinator. That research task might involve research into a specific aspect of native title law or procedure. The precise research topic will be negotiated individually between each student and the course coordinator, and will build on the work the student completes within the host organisation. It is expected that students will also be involved in day-to-day activities of their host organisation and gain a broad understanding of how such organisations operate.
Assessment would typically include: a reflection on the work completed during the internship (15%), a research proposal and annotated bibliography
Course Coordinator: Dr Peter BurdonAnne Hewitt
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.This course does not have any formal classes. While students are not required to attend structured classes it is expected that students will be in regular contact with the course coordinator during the semester in which they undertake the course, in order to discuss the course assignments, negotiate an appropriate topic for the research assignment which is the major component of the course assessment, and to monitor the ongoing progress of research in the course.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of the course students will have:
1. Knowledge and understanding of principles of native title law and/or other laws affacting Indigenous peoples.
2. Cognitive skills to analyse, evaluate, and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources and experiences so as to identify and address as appropriate legal and related issues.
3. Awareness of the incompleteness of law and the continuous state of development of legal principle in response to social and technical change, and a capacity to respond to such change and assist such development as appropriate.
4. Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
5. Written communication skills of a high order.
6. Skills to work independently and cooperatively in a professional environment.
7. Familiarity with and proficiency in legal research techniques, including in the appropriate use of modern research technologies.
8. Capacity to work in a professional and ethical relationship with both clients and colleagues.
9. Capacity to be informed, responsible, and critically discriminating in his or her participation in the community.
10. A commitment to the rule of law and an understanding of social justice through the operation of law.
11. A commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional behaviour.
12. An understanding of social and cultural diversity, and sensitivity of the operation of the law and legal structures in that context, particualry as relevant to Indigenous peoples.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 8, 11, 12 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 11 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 10, 12
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course.
Recommended ResourcesStudents may find the following reference texts of use:
- Paul Havemann (ed), Indigenous Peoples’ Rights 1999
- Heather McRae et al, Indigenous Legal Issues Commentary and Materials 3rd edition 2003
- Melissa Perry and Stephen Lloyd, Australian Native Title Law 2003
- Richard Bartlett, Native Title in Australia 2004
- Justin Healey (ed), Native Title and Land Rights 2007
- David Ritter, Contesting Native Title 2009
- Lisa Strelein, Compromised Jurisprudence - Native Title Cases Since Mabo (2nd ed) 2009
- Lisa Strelein (ed) Dialogue about Land Justice: Papers from the National Native Title Conferences 2010
- Jessica Weir (ed), Country, Native Title and Ecology 2012 available at http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/aboriginal-history-monographs/country-native-title-and-ecology-2
- Toni Bauman and Lydia Glick (eds) The Limits of Change: Mabo and Native Title 20 Years On 2012
Australian Federal Government Attorney General: Provides information on Native title, claims & negotions, reform and other related information
National Native Title Tribunal: a Federal Government organisation which assists people to resolve native title issues. Includes full text of their newsletters, Talking Native Title and Native Title Hot Spots
Native Title Research Unit: AIATSIS
Online LearningCourse materials and assignment instructions will be made available on MyUni.
All students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with announcements during the semester.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is run in an unusual format. Student will undertake a full time internship (4-6 weeks) over the summer or winter holiday period. These internships are usually organised by the Aurora Project, and will be with a Native Title Representative Body (NTRBs), Native Title Service Provider (NTSPs) or Indigenous policy or other organisation. Beginning during and following after that internship students will complete a number of assessment tasks associated with this elective course.
More information about the Aurora Project Native Title Internships can be found at http://www.auroraproject.com.au/LegalInternships.htm.
In addition to the completion of an Aurora Project internship, students undertaking this course will be required to submit 3 pieces of written work, including a major research assignment completed under the supvervision of the course coordinator.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.While there are no formal classes, students should expect to dedicate an average of 12 hours a week to completing the requirements of this course.
Learning Activities SummaryThere are no scheduled learning activities for this course. Instead, each student will be involved in regular one-on-one discussions with the course-coordinator during the semester regarding their individual research projects.
Specific Course RequirementsSuccessful completion of an Aurora Project Native Title internship is a pre-requisite to passing this course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceDuring this course very students will work one-on-one with the course supervisor. During the course of their meetings they will:
- discuss the course requirements and assessments
- develop an approved topic for the major research assignment
- engage in supervision of ongoing research.
Throught these meetings and discussions, and the development and progress of an original research project, each student will engage in a small group research discovery experience.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
% of final mark
Completion of Aurora Project Internship
2.00pm Friday 20 March
2.00pm Thursday 2 April
2.00pm Friday 12 June
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must successfully complete a full time Aurora Project Native title Internship of between 4 and 6 weeks in duration (or a part-time internship of a longer duration, usually organised by the Aurora Project and approved by the Course Coordinator). Failure to successfully complete an internship will result in failing the course.
Assessment DetailWork diary (15%)
A work diary which identifies and analyses how the internship has helped develop student’s legal skills, the legal texts and instruments that were relevant to the student’s practice during the internship, the in/efficiency of the legal process with which the student observed or interacted with, and any particular cultural or communication elements which impact on the work of the particular organisation with which the student worked. More detailed instructions on the assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
Due Date: 2.00 pm on Friday 20th March
Research proposal (15%)
A proposal for the 5000 word research essay. The proposal should be no more than 3 pages long, and should include a discussion of the research topic, a preliminary list of research resources, including a description (annotated bibliography) of at least 3 relevant articles, cases or books. The proposal should also include a reflection on the likely research methodology to be employed in the research task.
The essay proposal submitted will be marked for a total of 15% of the student’s grade. Essay proposals will also be separately considered by the course coordinator for approval as the topic which will form the basis of the major research essay component of the assessment. It is student’s responsibility to develop an acceptable research topic. This may require reworking of the submitted essay proposal. Students are encouraged to consider potential research topics and to discuss these topics with the course coordinator (in person, by telephone discussion or via email communication) early in the course, so as to avoid problems later. Students must be aware that not all proposed topics will be approved.
More detailed instructions on the assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
Due Date: 2.00 pm Thursday 2nd April
Research essay (70%)
A research essay on a topic agreed with the course coordinator. The topic must receive approval by email no later than 30 April. The research essay will be no more that 5,000 words long (excluding title page information and bibliography). Words are calculated including all footnotes or other references and all headings within the text. Quotations and all referencing information are included in the word count.
Because research topics will usually have been discussed with individual students before approval, in practice this will not be an anonymous assessment.
More detailed instructions on the assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
Due Date: 2.00 pm on Friday 12th June
- Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
- All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Lecturers will withhold student’s results until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.
- Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism (refer to policy on plagiarism).
- Late submission penalty – Submission penalties of 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc. Hard copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised 5% per day for every day including weekend days and public holidays. Extensions on medical or compassionate grounds will be in accordance with University Policy (see below).
- Word length penalty - assignments which exceed the allocated length (word length or page limit) will be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks available per 100 words or part thereof (ie an essay graded 63% will have 5% deducted if it is 5001 words long, for a final grade of 58%, 10% if it is 5101 words long, etc). Words are calculated including all footnotes and headings within the text but excluding cover page information. Quotations and all referencing information are included in the word count.
- Assignments may be required to be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy.
- All written work in the Law school is required to comply with the approved Law School style guide, The Australian Guide to Legal Citation. See http://law.adelaide.edu.au/library/research/#citations.
- The quality of English expression is considered to be an integral part of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted from assessment because of poor expression, incorrect grammar, typographical errors etc.
- Unless instructed otherwise, please submit essays in printed form, on A4 size paper, double spaced and with a margin. Assessment work that is not submitted in this form may not be accepted, or may be returned with no assessment comments.
- Assessment marks awarded prior to the final results will be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the course coordinator of any discrepancies.
Assignments will be returned to students within 3 weeks of the due date with written feedback. Assignments will generally be returned through the Law School office and students will be notified when they are ready for collection. Students must have student ID for the collection of assignments.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
FNS: Fail No Submission
F: 1-49 Fail
P: 50-64 Pass
C: 65-74 Credit
D: 75-84 Distinction
HD: 85-100 High Distinction
NFE: No Formal Examination
RP: Result Pending
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In order to avoid duplication of student work, and to assist in promoting the Aurora Project, minor changes have also been made to the first assessment (the work diary).
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