Credit points: 15

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.

FacultyFaculty 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.


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)

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 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Five Annotated Bibliography Entries (100 words x 5)10
Tutorial Presentation(equivalent to 500 words)10
one 1000-word essay30
one 2000-word policy proposal50