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Law Reform and Social Change (11269.1)

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


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This unit provides students with an opportunity to explore the complex relationship between law reform and its political, social, economic and cultural contexts. Through the investigation of historical and contemporary, national and international examples, students will develop an understanding of law reform processes, their relationship to public policy and how law can both inhibit and enable social change. Students will apply their knowledge to civil and criminal law case studies to develop skills in research, analysis and argument and pursue current law reform issues.

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

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify and explain law reform processes and their relationship to public policy using civil and criminal case studies;

2. Apply theories of law as a regulatory instrument to analyse law in relation to its political, social, economic and cultural contexts; and

3. Undertake research, analysis and argument in relation to current law reform issues.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour interactive workshop on campus per week.


11235 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice OR 11257 Law and Society OR 11378 Introduction to Public Policy



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