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Law and Society (6599.4)

Level: Undergraduate First Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice

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  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (167676) - View
  • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151837) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140623) - View

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Syllabus

This subject provides an introduction to the sociological study of law and justice. It reviews key concepts used in law, legal studies, and criminology, and compares different legal traditions in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. It provides an overview of the institutions of criminal justice, as well as informal methods of regulation and social control, such as private policing. It examines formal and informal procedures for handling disputes between parties, and for defending and protecting rights. The subject may focus on selected topics of contemporary interest such as the changing role of the jury, on-line dispute resolution, police reform or child protection. Students get an opportunity to develop their own research questions and carry out empirical research. Emphasis is placed on applications of research in a policy environment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Develop a basic familiarity with concepts in the sociological study of law and society;

2. Improve their skills in accessing and interpreting relevant academic literature;

3. Enhance skills in thinking critically about socio-legal issues;

4. Develop skills in comparing institutions and practices;

5. Enhance skills in planning and carrying out empirical research; and

6. Enhance skills in applying research findings within a policy environment

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week

Prerequisites

None

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