The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


Legal History deals with topics in ancient and modern legal history, including aspects of the Roman legal system, the legal framework of slavery in English legal history and law reform movements and legislative action in the 19th century.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate capacity to locate and use primary sources of legal history efficiently and effectively;

2. Demonstrate capacity to engage in legal research and craft arguments in writing based on a legal history topic provided by your lecturers;

3. Critically reflect on the process of law reform in nineteenth century England, including the role of law reform committees and their report, social movements and organisations, the Parliament and executive government


Topics covered in this course: 

  1. Introduction to Legal history, ancient and modern, and its sources
  2. English Legal history: the law of slavery and its abolition
  3. English Legal history: the reform in 19th century England

Law Reform stream may be chosen from the following or other analogous topics:The Married Women's Property Acts, the regulation of child labour and/or compulsory education statutes, poor laws and their reform, contagious diseases legislation, the reform of legal process and the Judicature Acts, or Lord Shaftesbury's workplace reforms.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, LAWS3041, and LAWS4011.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Take home test on Case Study 1

In Term Test: Take home test on Case Study 2

Written Assignment: Research Poster on a Law Reform Personality