LAW, POLICY AND COMMUNITY

LST3LPC

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This is the core subject for third year students undertaking a major in Legal Studies or a Bachelor in Legal Studies. Using theories, methods and knowledge derived from the Social Sciences, it examines the relationship between law, policy, social cohesion and change. How law and policy making processes frame and respond to emerging issues and social problems is illuminated through consideration of case studies drawn from areas such as health, the environment, violence and immigration. By focusing on the development and implementation of policy, students also consider the tension between policy aims and their policitical, legal and social effects. After taking this subject, students will have a critical appreciation of the context, dynamics and outcomes of law and social policy, and will have honed their skills by formulating their own policy proposals.This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions now and in the future.



SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second year Legal Studies (including LST2LJP) and 30 credit points of any second year Humanities or Social Sciences subjects or subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year level for a Legal Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts (ABA), and is also Core for the Bachelor of Legal Studies (LBLS)

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the library.PrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to the production and implementation of social policy.

Activities:
Tutorial discussions and exercises, incorporation of ethical and cultural considerations in the formulation of policy proposal. Consider cultural and ethical issues for policy development in research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments pertinent to a relevant policy area debate.

Activities:
Assessed tutorial exercises and discussions. Policy proposal and research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Present brief and persuasive arguments concerning social policy and social science theory in class discussions, presentations and assessed tutorial exercises.

Activities:
Speak about specific policy problems in tutorial discussions, assessed tutorial exercises and presentations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Present a sustained and complex argument concerning social policy using social science theory in a research essay. Present a clear, persausive argument in a policy proposal.

Activities:
Writing a policy proposal. Writing a research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Produce an original, well researched and theorised response to a problem concerning social policy.

Activities:
Production of a policy proposal in an area relevant to Legal Studies. Production of research essay using theory and method derived from Social Sciences.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
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)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Recognise the benefit of lifelong learning to understanding future trends, issues and debates in social policy development and implementation.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions and assessed exercises, policy proposal and research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

07. Summarise research and arguments about a relevant policy area and an applicable social science theory.

Activities:
Preparation and production of research essay. Tutorial discussions and assessed tutorial exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

08. Work effectively in groups as a group member and/or leader.

Activities:
Tutorial discussions and assessed exercises. Collaboration with peers to prepare and produce a presentation about social policy.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 31 - 36
Six 5.0 hours block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via blended.
"This subject will be delivered with content and some assessment online. The face-to-face workshops will delivered in block mode on Friday weeks 31-36"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 36
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
5 x 100 word annotated Bibliography entries10 01, 07, 06, 05, 02, 04
one 1000-word essay30 02, 01, 04, 05, 06, 07
one 2000-word policy proposalThis assessment assesses the La Trobe Essentials of Innovation and Entrepreneurship50 07, 06, 05, 04, 02, 01
tutorial exercise (equivalent to 500 words)10 01, 07, 06, 03, 08