This course is different from the other courses that make up the JD program. It is designed to facilitate students' thinking about law in general rather than learning detailed analysis of the legislation and cases consigned to a particular area of law. It will require students to critically consider the nature of law, its role in society, and various perspectives on and critiques of law.
This subject focuses on major theoretical traditions which have influenced the development of the Australian legal system and the boarder Western legal tradition. The aim is for some level of depth rather than mere breadth, with an emphasis on analysis of primary theoretical literature and case studies.
Availability2018 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 1 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate orally and in writing an advanced and integrated understanding of major schools of legal theory which have influenced the development of the Western legal tradition and the Australian legal system.
2. Critically and with integrated understanding evaluate multiple and contrasting perspectives on law and engage in open-minded academic discussion of them in an applied context.
3. Critically and with integrated understanding analyse the relationship between law and society from a variety of jurisprudential perspectives.
4. Critically and with integrated understanding reflect on the significance of conceptions of rights and justice to the operation of law.
5. Conduct advanced research, exploring primary and secondary materials and provide critical and integrated analysis of problems, questions and theoretical propositions.
6. Prepare and present persuasive arguments, orally and in writing, and make productive contributions to class discussions.
Topics in this course include:
- Introduction to Jurisprudence'
- Legal Positivism
- Natural Law Theory and Anti Positivism
- Rights and the law
- Justice and the law
- Legal realism
- Critical theories of law
- femisist legal theory
- Economic theories of law
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
LAWS 6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B.
Essay: Research Essay
Written Assignment: Tutorial paper
Formal Examination: Open Book Examination
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term