Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedMalaysia Term 3 2015 (Day)


"Game Theory" is often considered a subfield within the subject of "Law and Economics". This unit is aimed at providing an overview of Law and Economics and then refining that understanding with an expansive examination of Game Theory.

Topics in this unit will include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of bicameral v. tricameral systems upon judicial decisions;
  • International agreements' influence upon domestic interpretations of the law;
  • Decisions about specific political candidates and their impact upon macro-understandings within a government party;
  • The role of marginalization upon how and whether issues become considered relevant by judicial and legislative bodies;
  • Statistical data and its use by various parties to push their concerns forward;
  • Trends in voting methods and how those processes encourage deliberation about municipal and state planning in the long term;
  • The relevance of lobbying efforts by private entities and publicly-funded agencies.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify, synthesise and apply knowledge of key concepts in the field of law and economics, as well as detailed knowledge of game theoretic concepts
  2. demonstrate intellectual and creative skills to identify decision-making processes to which game theory can be usefully applied and to generate reasoned, practical and appropriate applications of predictive analysis
  3. observe and critically evaluate when strategizing about opposite parties' actions has made its way into litigation and judicial evaluation
  4. conduct research into game-theoretic concepts based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  5. communicate effectively and persuasively their understanding of research findings.


(1) Presentation Handout (750 words): 15%
(2) Presentation: 10%
(3) Research Assignment (1,500 words): 30%
(4) Take Home Exam (2,250 words): 45%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:
LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111