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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Jurisprudence critically examines fundamental legal concepts and ideas. It is not, however, merely an intellectual diversion, like a puzzle lifted from the cupboard to occupy a rainy Sunday. How we understand legal concepts and ideas fundamentally shapes what law is in practice, and so critical examination of them can play a key role in improving what law can be. This subject explores a range of central jurisprudential topics, including: legal reasoning the relationship between morality and law; whether law is at base only an exercise of power, or whether "law" connotes legitimacy and authority.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKenneth Warner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites LAW1LIM


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Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsStudy materials available from the La Trobe BookshopPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsJurisprudence: Theory and ContextRecommendedBix, B.SWEET & MAXWELL, 5TH EDITION, 2009

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