LAW 2559 - Law and Religion

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course invites students to undertake an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the relationship between law and religion and its implications for Australian law, religious tolerance and freedom. Issues are considered from the viewpoints of a range of legal systems/jurisdictions, religions, belief systems and academic disciplines. The subject will ensure that a balance is achieved between the liberal-secular separation of church and state understanding of this relationship and those who understand the relationship to exhibit a closer socio-historical nexus. Classes will cover a broad spectrum of topical issues. Students in this course will: (a) acquire an appreciation of religious diversity in Australia and consider the implications of such religious diversity for Australian law; and (b) undertake research of a specific issue examining the relationships between law and religion. This subject will complement and support the research strength of the Adelaide Law School in law and religion, especially through the work of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion. Leading national and international law and religion scholars frequently visit Adelaide to work with RUSSLR and they will provide a rich resource of perspectives and approaches to which students in this course will be exposed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 2559
    Course Law and Religion
    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
    Prerequisites LAW 1501, LAW 1504
    Restrictions Available to LLB students only
    Course Description The course invites students to undertake an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the relationship between law and religion and its implications for Australian law, religious tolerance and freedom. Issues are considered from the viewpoints of a range of legal systems/jurisdictions, religions, belief systems and academic disciplines. The subject will ensure that a balance is achieved between the liberal-secular separation of church and state understanding of this relationship and those who understand the relationship to exhibit a closer socio-historical nexus. Classes will cover a broad spectrum of topical issues.

    Students in this course will: (a) acquire an appreciation of religious diversity in Australia and consider the implications of such religious diversity for Australian law; and (b) undertake research of a specific issue examining the relationships between law and religion.

    This subject will complement and support the research strength of the Adelaide Law School in law and religion, especially through the work of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion. Leading national and international law and religion scholars frequently visit Adelaide to work with RUSSLR and they will provide a rich resource of perspectives and approaches to which students in this course will be exposed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Babie

    Hughes, 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students in this course will:
    (1) acquire an appreciation of religious diversity in Australia and consider the implications of such religious diversity for Australian law; and
    (2) undertake research of a specific issue examining the relationships between law and religion.
    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. 1,2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Jocelyn Maclure and Charles Taylor, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience (Harvard University Press, 2011)
    Additional resources will be advised as necessary.
    Recommended Resources
    To be advised
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used to post announcements, post additional lecture materials (including slides, and where available, audio recordings of lectures) and announce assignment tasks. It will also contain electronic copies of the Course Profile, Lecture and Seminar Guides, and Course Materials.
    Students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with these materials and additional learning resources throughout the course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught in a series of intensive seminars at which students will be required to discuss, debate and defend their analysis of the relevant material set in the course readings.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    Contact time: attend 6 hours of seminars per day for 3 days over two weeks. This amounts to 36 hours of formal class time across the semester.
    Preparation time: In addition to attending formal classes it is anticipated that students will do substantial independent work to prepare for classes and to complete the course assignments. The University expects full time students (those undertaking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies
    Learning Activities Summary
    To be advised by January 2014.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment item

    % of final mark

    Dates

    Length

    Redeemable

    Learning Objectives

    Class Participation

    10%

    Seminars

    N/A

    N

    1,2

    Class Presentation

    20%

    Selected groups of students will present between each week

    20 minutes

    N

    1,2

    Final paper

    70%

    13th June

    5,000 words

    (500 word outline/synopsis)

    N

    1,2

     




    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is important that students read and understand the assessment. There are three aspects of assessment for this course, each of which are compulsory. Failure to complete an item of assessment will result in course failure.
    ALL ASSESSMENT COMPONENTS ARE COMPULSORY
    Assessment Detail
    A. Final Paper (70%)
    The paper will be in the form of an essay. This assessment is designed to assess students’ ability critically to examine and evaluate a topic that addresses the issues covered by the course.
    The paper must be written in prose style (using complete sentences) adhere to grammatical rules, and use correct spelling. It should be typed, using double spaced paragraphs, on one side of A4 paper.
    Each student must choose a topic in consultation with the lecturers and based upon the materials presented in the course and MUST submit an outline/synopsis of the topic agreed upon and the methodology to be employed to the Course Coordinator on 9th May.
    Word Limit (outline/synopsis): 500 words
    Word Limit (Final Paper): 5,000 words
    DUE DATE (outline/synopsis): 9th May
    DUE DATE (Final Paper): 13th June

    B. Class Presentation (20%)
    For the purposes of a class presentation, the class will be divided into selected sub-groups.
    The University has emphasised the significance of group work in its Graduate Attributes and this component of assessment is designed to develop your interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication skills. You will be expected to work consistently within your group and to overcome any communication and/or co-operation issues. If you feel that your group is not working appropriately, you are to contact the Course Coordinator in the first instance. A meeting will be set up between the Course Coordinator and members of the group. Every effort will be made to overcome the problem and facilitate successful group work.
    The class presentation, based upon your group work, will involve reading, reflecting upon, synthesising, and presenting your thoughts on the materials assigned. Each student will receive the grade assigned to the group presentation.
    As noted above, the reflection is intended to highlight the thoughts of the students making the presentation about the materials. There is no set form to this presentation, other than that it MUST NOT BE a reading out of the materials themselves. Rather, it MUST BE a reflective and critical assessment of the materials. This will be explained further during the initial sessions of the course.

    C. Class Participation (10%)
    Students must contribute to class discussion.
    Submission
    Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.

    All assignments in this course are to be submitted in hard copy and electronically through Turnitin. All hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by the Assignment Cover Sheet that accurately states the word length, and contains a signed declaration that the assignment consists of the students own work. A student’s results will be withheld 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.

    Details for electronic submission through Turnitin will be provided with the assignment instructions.
    All written work in the Law school is required to comply with the approved Law School style guide, The Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

    Extensions: Requests for extensions must be made electronically according to law school policy. Extensions will be granted only for unexpected illness, hardship or on compassionate grounds in accordance with University Policy. Work commitments, travel, holidays or sporting engagements are not unexpected circumstances.
    Course Grading

    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.

    The assessment in this course will be assessed according crieria distributed with the assignment instructions.

    Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/results.html
     

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support

    The University Writing Centre provides academic learning and language development services and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    Practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

    For more information please check out the Writing Centre website at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/

  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Further information regarding the Law School Policies and Procedures in relation to Supplementary Assessment, Extensions, and Remarks etc can be found at:

    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/law-school/policies-and-procedures

    Plagiarism and other forms of cheating

    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the Adelaide Law School Enrolment Guide 2014, and should note in particular the sections relating to plagiarism, grievance procedures and academic conduct within the Law School and the University.

    Plagiarism is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Please be aware that “academic dishonesty” (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to refuse to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.

  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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