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Vulnerability and the Law (11260.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184111) - View

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This unit examines how law engages with vulnerability. It focuses on how law protects and empowers those in positions of relative weakness, such as vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, elders, people with physical, mental and intellectual disabilities, refugees and migrants, and Indigenous people. Legal frameworks considered include international and national human rights laws, capacity law, discrimination law, and the criminal justice system.

This unit may be co-taught with a G version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply and analyse principles of legal process, including comparing and contrasting different legal responses to particular aspects of vulnerability;

2. Create and evaluate legal arguments, employing research, writing, and advocacy skills to agitate persuasively for reform; and

3. Examine the relationship between law and vulnerability in society.

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