Introduction to the Legal System

LES501

This online course provides you with a broad introduction to the law including its creation, location, interpretation and selected basic applications.  

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    Level
    5
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    Credits
    20
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    Cost
    $667 NZ Domestic
    $1,952 NZ International
  •  
    EFTS
    0.1667
  • Delivery type
    2023
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2023 Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
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    Exam dates
    2022
    Trimester 3, 15 Feb 2023
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    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying

It includes the characteristics and components of our legal system, as well as the principles relating to specific areas of law such as the law of contract, tort, consumer law, property and agency.  

This understanding will enable you to apply principles of law to a given set of facts, and so resolve the legal aspects of business problems.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

Students who successfully complete this online course will be able to

  • Discuss key features of the New Zealand legal system. 
  • Apply the basic principles of tort law including the tort of negligence.
  • Apply the basic principles of the law of contract. 
  • Apply the basic principles of consumer law. 
  • Apply basic legal principles to common commercial transactions.

Assessment

50% internally assessed

50% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.

Assessment for this course includes an examination

Open Polytechnic will, subject to you meeting the entry requirements for this course/programme, enrol you in this course.

Your enrolment in the course means that you should expect to complete an in-person examination.

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Textbooks

No textbooks are required for this course

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Diploma

Course availability over the next 12 months

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2023
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Feb

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  •  
    Level
    5
  •  
    Credits
    20
  •  
    Cost
    $667 NZ Domestic
    $1,952 NZ International
  •  
    EFTS
    0.1667
  • Delivery type
    2023
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2023 Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
  •  
    Exam dates
    2022
    Trimester 3, 15 Feb 2023
  •  
    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying