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Unit description

Identifies and evaluates some of the theoretical frameworks that inform legal knowledge and legal practice. Analyses a number of philosophical perspectives having implications for law, legal institutions and legal practices. Enables us to better appreciate the ethical and socio-political consequences of our practice as lawyers.

Unit content

Topic 1: Philosophical pursuits and the law 
Topic 2: Ethical and political frameworks
Topic 3: Traditional common law theory
Topic 4: Traditional jurisprudence: Legal positivism 
Topic 5: Traditional jurisprudence: Natural law 
Topic 6: Legal realism and Critical Legal Studies
Topic 7: Law and social theory
Topic 8: Poststructuralism, postmodernism and deconstruction
Topic 9: Feminism, race and colonialism
Topic 10: Contemporary trends including ecological jurisprudence
Topic 11: The concerns of legal theory

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify the central concerns of both traditional jurisprudence and contemporary legal theory;Intellectual rigourEthical practiceLifelong learning
2critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the teaching, learning and practice of Anglo-Australian law;Intellectual rigourLifelong learning
3critically appraise the relationship between theory and practice, in particular, the relationship between ideas about law and specific social, cultural, political and legal practices;Intellectual rigourLifelong learning
4identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks within which our practice, both as lawyers and non-lawyers, operates.Ethical practiceLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the central concerns of both traditional jurisprudence and contemporary legal theory;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the teaching, learning and practice of Anglo-Australian law;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. critically appraise the relationship between theory and practice, in particular, the relationship between ideas about law and specific social, cultural, political and legal practices;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks within which our practice, both as lawyers and non-lawyers, operates.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Assessment
Essay20%
Quiz20%
Essay60%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Assessment
Essay20%
Quiz20%
Essay60%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour
Workshop online 2 hours
Assessment
Essay20%
Quiz20%
Essay60%
Notice

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