University of Technology Sydney

78257 Australian Discrimination Law

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
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This subject provides a comprehensive practical and theoretical overview of Australian discrimination law. Relevant federal and state anti-discrimination laws are explored, with a focus on sex, disability, gender identity and race. Students analyse legislation and key cases in each of these areas, developing crucial legal skills such as statutory interpretation and legal problem-solving, equipping them for professional practice. Students also learn about key procedures of discrimination law in practice, including complaints processes, conciliation and state tribunals.

Along with a solid grounding in discrimination law practice, students are required to consider anti-discrimination laws in their vibrant and constantly changing legal, political and social contexts. People's lived experiences of discrimination are incorporated through guest lectures and multi-media first-person narratives. Students think critically about the best ways to overcome social inequality and guarantee certain human rights protections through law and policy reform. They trace the emergence and reform over time of anti-discrimination laws, and consider ways in which social and public institutions, such as statutory authorities, non-government organisations and activism, might shape future reforms. Students are encouraged to examine current and emerging discrimination issues as they arise in the courts and media.

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