Theories and Law

Course code LAWS5022Units 10Level 5000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

LLB courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree programs.

This course is intended to provide students with a critical understanding of law as a social institution. That is, how the legal system reflects the social system within which it exists. It examines the main bodies of social thought that attempt to explain the relationship between law and society. As this course places law within a social context, it also critically considers important legal issues in contemporary Australian society. These include public understandings of law, access to justice, equality before the law, the processes and politics of legal reform, and the nature and role of the legal profession. This course examines the relationship between various social groups, including Indigenous Australians and women, and the law. By doing so, this course also critically investigates the relationship between power, ideology, and the rule of law.

This LAWS5000 Level elective course is offered on a rotating basis and subject to student demand.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2007
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course students will have:

1.Developed a critical understanding of law as a social institution;
2.Acquired knowledge of the main social theories that explain the relationship between law and society;
3.Examined a range of important social issues in contemporary Australian society, which will have developed their critical understanding of the social context of law;
4.Developed an appreciation of the relationship between law and various social groups, including Indigenous Australians and women;
5.Acquired a critical understanding of the relationship between power, ideology and the 'rule of law'.
ContentCurrent strand offered is Sociology of Law and Legal Anthropology.

* Theoretical foundations of the sociology of law and legal anthropology, and the series of important debates and controversies that continue to resonate in the present
* Main contemporary social theories that explain the relationship between law and society
* A useful selection of empirical themes of law and law-related processes to which the social theories will be applied.
* These empirical topics include: law and economy; law and politics; law and culture; social structure and law; legality and legitimacy; the legal profession; law and inequality; and globalisation and law
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAn Essay
Essays / Written AssignmentsA seminar presentation and paper
Examination: Take Home
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs.