Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Law, Justice and Power is a core subject for second year students undertaking a major in Legal Studies. In this subject, students focus upon the complexity of individualised, institutional, governmental and disciplinary power, as well as the relationship between law and justice in society. Students critically examine the role that law plays in regulating behaviour, resolving disputes, redressing harm and facilitating social change. The limitations and potential of law for securing just outcomes is considered through a study of: criminal justice, civil law, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, as well as the role of the state in perpetrating crimes and/or addressing human rights issues. This subject utilises a range of interdisciplinary approaches in criminology, sociology and gender studies to provide students with an appreciation of the limits and complexities involved in law as practice and as a 'language of power'.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Henry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Henry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Eight quizzes (equivalent to 400 words in total)10
Eight tutorial exercises (equivalent to 400 words in total)10
One 1500-word research essay40
One 35-minute exam (equivalent to 600 words)15
One 4-minute group tutorial presentation and group-led discussion (equivalent to 600 words)15
One 500-word annotated bibliography and abstract10