JUSTICE, RIGHTS AND LAW

LAW3JRL

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Justice and rights are fundamentally important values in the law. They underpin much of the conceptual framework for more specific legal doctrines and principles; and they also provide aspirational goals for the ongoing development and reform of the law. In justice, Rights and Law students undertake a critical examination of these fundamental legal values, from a jurisprudential or philosophical perspective. The topics covered include: theories of social justice, theories of 'just war', remedying historical injustices, mercy and retributive justice, restorative justice, procedural fairness, the nature, limits and possibilities of human rights, animal rights and the right to disobey the law. Students will engage with these topics through reading and critiquing a combination of academic writings and real world examples from case law, legislation, policy debates, and history.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Prerequisites LAW1LIM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious academic journal articlesPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. ) By the end of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the jurisprudential and broader legal and political debates relating to justice and rights.

Activities:
Tutorial sessions- students will be discussing jurisprudential and broader legal and political debates relating to justice and rights. Writing assignments will require students to write essays that directly engage with fundamental jurisprudential issues.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical Awareness

02. )By the end of this subject, students will be able to produce academic writing that relies on arguments constructed using well-developed skills in legal research.

Activities:
Tutorial sessions- students will be using their legal research skills i.e., local relevant materials, textual analysis and interpretation and legal argumentation to write answers to the questions posed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Information Literacy
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research

03. )By the end of this subject, students will be able to create academic work that shows an ability to follow instructions that maintains academic integrity.

Activities:
Writing assignments will require an ability to understand and follow set requirements.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Ethical Awareness

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