1 x 2-hour lecture weekly 1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CRIM2204, LEGL1101 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Test(s), Tutorial participation
In this topic, students will develop an appreciation of law as a social institution, the structure of the Australian legal system including Indigenous legal systems, as well as how the law works in practice and the relationship between law and social change. Students will be introduced to the main legal institutions and sources of law that operate in Australia, including political institutions, the judiciary and courts, the legal profession, and legal actors who enforce the law. The topic will also consider the social functions of the law, and in particular will look at the debate between whether law maintains social order or is an instruction of social control.
In this topic students will:
examine how the law operates as a social institution, including the importance of political and social contexts in influencing the operation of law
examine the structure of the Australian legal system, including Indigenous legal systems
develop an understanding of the main sources of law
developing an understanding of the relationship between law and social change
investigate the role of key legal actors within the Australian legal system
investigate the aims of the Australian legal system, and how the Australian legal system operations in practice
Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the topic, students will be able to:
recognise the importance of the understanding law as a social institution
analyse and critique the structure of the Australian legal system, including the role of key legal actors and mechanisms for legal change
recognise the importance of the Indigenous legal systems, and the impact of state law upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
analyse and critique the aims and functions of the legal system
analyse and critique the operation of law in practice
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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