1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BJS-Bachelor of Justice and Society
1a Admission into BLS-Bachelor of Law and Society
1b Admission into BCRIM-Bachelor of Criminology
2 36 Units of upper level topics
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b) and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of JUSS3000, LEGL3333 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic will bring together the various skills you have developed throughout your degree. A critical approach to law and policy is adopted in this topic with a focus on the interaction between law, policy and social problems. Using identified empirical studies you will be encouraged to explore issues from a range of diverse perspectives. You will consider the impact of law and policy on, for example, race, class, gender, health, education and socio-economic status within a national and global context. The tensions apparent between often competing perspectives will be investigated in an effort to better understand the complexities and dynamics that contribute to the role of law and policy in defining and maintaining contemporary social problems.
Educational aims
The topic aims to assist students to:

  • build on their skills of research and analysis working both independently and collaboratively

  • integrate a range of ideas and theories, demonstrating their ability to explore complex concepts and develop ethical solutions to a range of varied problems

  • produce outcomes that traverse a broad range of social, cultural and disciplinary boundaries within a public policy framework drawing on evolving knowledge and expertise
Expected learning outcomes
It is expected that on completion of this topic students will:

  • have developed their knowledge of the complexities of policy development in the area of a contemporary social problem

  • have demonstrated their ability to undertake complex research on a specific topic

  • be able to apply this knowledge to collaboratively develop and deliver a professional presentation

  • have planned, developed and refined an individual policy report including critical analysis of a range of relevant social, cultural and disciplinary perspectives

  • have grappled, within an ethical framework, with a number of the anomalies that exist within social policy and law and have made recommendations for future directions for policy development