1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 Admission into BLAWLPR-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
1a Admission into BLAWLPRG-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry)
1b Admission into BLAWLPRH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)
1c Admission into BLAWLPRGH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry) (Honours)
1d Admission into BLAWSH-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
1e Admission into BLAWS-Bachelor of Laws
1f Admission into BLLAW-Bachelor of Laws
1g Admission into BLLAWH-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
1h Admission into BLLAWFP-Bachelor of Laws - City Campus
1i Admission into BLLAWHFP-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - City Campus
1j Admission into CLAWBU-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business - City Campus
1k Admission into CLAWIR-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations and Political Science - City Campus
1l Admission into CLAWIT-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Information Technology - City Campus
1m Admission into CLAWAC-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Accounting - City Campus
1n Admission into CLAWCR-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology - City Campus
1o Admission into CLAWHIR-B Laws (Hons)/B Intl Relations and Political Science
1p Admission into CLAWHIT-B Laws (Hons)/B Information Technology
1q Admission into CLAWHAC-B Laws (Hons)/B Accounting
1r Admission into CLAWHCR-B Laws (Hons)/B Criminology
1s Admission into CLAWHBU-B Laws (Hons)/B Business
2 1 of LLAW1311, LLAW1213
3 1 of LLAW1312, LLAW1211
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s) and 2 and 3)
Enrolment not permitted
LLAW2222 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Examination(s)
Topic description
This topic explores contemporary controversies involving the law and connects them with core questions in legal theory and critical moments in legal history. It will ask why Australian law is the way it is, and consider how it relates to other legal systems across the globe (including Indigenous legal systems). The topic will look at some of the important historical eras, events and conflicts which have shaped contemporary law and critically examine the core values of Australian law. It will connect these fundamental historical developments with core questions in legal theory, such as the nature of a liberal legal system, the idea of natural law, the relationship of law with social and moral values, the notion of legal personality (especially as this relates to the status of animals and the environment), and critical questions concerning race and gender. The topic will also emphasise research skills (with a focus on secondary literature) and written communication skills.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • Assist students to compare, contrast, and evaluate different conceptual frameworks as applied to law

  • Assist students to develop and apply critical thinking skills in the context of thinking about law and legal systems

  • Promote an appreciation of the importance of secondary literature to legal research, in particular that found in scholarly journal articles, books, and book chapters

  • Assist students to develop their written communication skills, including the ability to construct coherent arguments regarding conceptual elements of law.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate the main philosophical ideas upon which Australian law is based

  2. Critically analyse and assess the evolution of the Australian legal system

  3. Critically evaluate ideas about law and analyse current legal issues through the lens of legal theory

  4. Undertake effective independent research involving secondary literature

  5. Communicate their knowledge of legal theory in written form.