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LAW1102 - Law in society

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Semester Two: Melissa de Zwart


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will broaden students' conceptions of the nature of the discipline of law by invesigating the relationship between law and other social institutions. In addressing the historical, social, economic and political influences on the development of the law.


At the conclusion of the unit, students should be able to: explain some of the ways in which global factors influence the development of domestic law and institutions; demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and social dimensions of legal practice; discourse on theories about the nature of law and justice, and the relationship between law and other social institutions; analyse and evaluate aspects of the law from a variety of critical, theoretical and philosophical perspectives; research secondary sources of legal materials using the resources of the law library; and write clearly and accurately on a legal topic.


Ethics and teamwork team report (3600 words, completed in groups of 5 or 6) 25%
Individual research paper (2000 words) 25%
Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time) 50%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week