CURRENT ISSUES IN JURISPRUDENCE

LAW5CIJ

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores current topics and debates at the cutting edge of Jurisprudence. Jurisprudence, or the philosophy of law, is the critical examination of the fundamental ideas, values and principles that underpin and shape legal thinking. This subject approaches these issues through in-depth examination of specific issues such as whether there is a right to disobey the law, whether animals have rights, whether historical injustices can be remedied, whether criminal justice has a place for mercy, whether there is a right to offend, among others. Students will engage with the issues at an advanced level through reading and critiquing a combination of contemporary academic writings and real world examples drawn from case law, legislation, current debates and history.



SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed LAW5PMI (for JD) or enrolment in a post graduate law degree.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW3JRL

Equivalent subjects LAW3JRL

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSelected articles from online academic journalsPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. By the end of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of and critical engagement with the jurisprudential issues covered in the subject.

Activities:
In seminar sessions students will be discussing jurisprudential issues in structured small group and large group discussions. Writing assignments will require students to write essays that directly engage with fundamental jurisprudential issues.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. By the end of this subject, students will be able to produce academic writing that presents clear and logical arguments informed by well-developed skills in legal research.

Activities:
Writing assignments will require students to use their legal research skills (i.e. finding relevant materials, textual analysis and interpretation, and legal argumentation) to write clear and well-argued answers to the questions posed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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