Groundbreaking program for VU students

Parliament Explained - Victoria University lecture in the Legislative AssemblyA new collaboration between the Victorian Parliament and Victoria University has brought around 200 first year laws students to Parliament House.

Through a groundbreaking series of lectures and group discussions over two days, VU Law and Justice students are hearing from senior parliamentary officials about the legislative process and the role of parliamentary committees.

It is the first time a program at Parliament has been included in the assessable curriculum elements of a university law course. Students will use what they have learnt at Parliament in their assignments that count towards assessment.

“This is much more than a tour of Parliament – this is a remarkable opportunity for Law and Justice students to get a behind-the-scenes look at complex legal processes and how our State is managed,” said VU Lecturer Kathleen Raponi.

“For many of these students, Parliament is that imposing building at the top of Bourke Street where people pose for wedding photos. Now these students have exclusive access to officials and key parliamentary people who can help bring the Law and Justice curriculum alive.”

“The Parliament is really pleased that Victoria University has recognised the importance of students understanding how laws come about, not just learning the established law,” said Clerk of the Legislative Council Andrew Young and Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Bridget Noonan, who are helping to deliver the lectures. 

“The students will gain an understanding of Cabinet processes, bills in the Parliament and parliamentary committee inquiries direct from people involved in those processes.”

The Department of Premier and Cabinet also gave input into the program.

Parliament Explained - Victoria University lecture in the Legislative Assembly


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