Need an elective? Why not try one of these subjects from the La Trobe Law School

Is there a gap in your timetable that you need to fill but you’re not sure what subject to enrol in?

This is a list of the elective Law School subjects available for non-Law students in Semester 2 and Term 6 (Nov/Dec) 2020. Students should check the Handbook for conditions attached to enrolling in these subjects, like prerequisites and incompatible subjects, among others.

Semester 2

LAW2CLP – Cyber Law and Policy

This subject introduces students to the laws, policies and regulations that govern cyberspace. Cyber issues have become mainstreamed into all levels of society and our personal lives. This course is designed to provide students from across a range of disciplines with an understanding of the core issues that will help them to navigate this new and evolving area. The course is specifically designed to break down the barriers technical, legal and policy issues to equip students for career opportunities that will require that they have a broad understanding of cyber law and policy issues and how to go about solving them.

Term 6

LCR3HEX – Human Exploitation

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this subject explores the concept of human exploitation in contemporary criminal justice and criminology. It conceptualises different forms of human exploitation, such as modern-day slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, child exploitation, organ harvesting and other practices similar to slavery (servitude, serfdom and servile marriage), and explores the criminalisation of human exploitation and effective ways of combating those practices. The (global) extent of the problem and the major pull and push factors that render people vulnerable to human exploitation are critically examined, as is the place of victims as bearers of rights with their own agency.

LAW3SPO – Sport and the Law

This subject explores the intersection of sport and law. It examines the place of sport in Australian society and how different bodies of law govern community- and elite-level sporting activities at local, national and international levels. The recent emergence of ‘sports law’ allows us to assess and understand how existing legal fields – such as contract, tort and employment law – apply in sport, while also considering sport-specific fields such as anti-doping, sport tribunals and competition structure and governance. Recent controversies such as the Essendon supplement saga and concussion in sport will be utilised as case studies.
The following subjects are also available in January/February 2021. Further details will be available in the Handbook in due course.

LAW3ANI – Animal Welfare Law and Policy

This subject will consider the relationship between people and animals in ethics, law, and society. Topics to be considered will be chosen from current issues in animal law and may include the legal classification of animals, companion animals, animals in the wild, regulation of the use of animals for food and entertainment, anti-cruelty laws, live export, animals used in scientific experimentation, zoos and circuses, international wildlife trafficking and international developments including public interest litigation in animal law. The subject also considers the political and social context in which law and policy is formulated and applied in animal law matters. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their research and writing skills.

LAW3PLN – Planning Law and Policy

This subject explores the way that planning law and policy regulates the use and development of land in Victoria. We consider the concepts of sustainability and social equity and assess whether the policy and legal framework created by Victorian planning laws forward these principles. We also consider the processes of strategic planning, development and environmental assessments and appeals and review of decision-making in a range of different practical, cultural and geographical contexts. This gives rise to a range of issues such as democratic and community participation, climate change, sustainable development, land use conflict and environmental justice.