Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
Prerequisites
1 9 units of Criminal Justice topics
2 18 Units of LLAW topics
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
CRIM3007 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic introduces students to theoretical understandings of the interrelationship between law, violence, harm, suffering and trauma. Through a range of historic and contemporary case studies, the topic seeks to critically explore the variety and extent of trauma associated with the imposition of law in various historical, contemporary, political, social and cultural contexts. Whilst this topic engages with traditional legal texts (statutes and case law) it also exposes students to the practice of reading and interpreting a variety of other texts (including film, historical narratives, archival documents, works of art and literature).

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Challenge students to question the complex interrelationship between law, violence and trauma
  • Cultivate and environment in which students can critically explore the variety and extent of trauma associated with the imposition of law in various historical, contemporary, political, social and cultural contexts
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse the nature and extent of trauma associated with the imposition of law or absence of law in various historical and/or contemporary contexts
  2. Analyse the nature and extent of trauma associated with the imposition of law or absence of law in various political, social and/or cultural contexts
  3. Carry out independent research on the subject of trauma associated with the imposition of law or the absence of law
  4. Identify a specific instance of trauma associated with the imposition of law or absence of law
  5. Analyse the role of law (or its absence) in bringing about and/or responding to a specific instance of trauma

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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