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Vulnerability and the Law (11260.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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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.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour seminar (featuring problem-based learning and interactive workshop) on campus per week.


Must have passed at least 24 credit points including including 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice.



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

7027 Employment Discrimination and the Law, 8055 Mental Health and the Law, 8245 Indigenous Australians and the Law and 8507 Young People and Crime.

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