LAW IN ACTION

LST1LIA

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, conceptual tools drawn from the social sciences are used to identify and explore the varied ways in which law and legal knowledge contributes to the investigation of social problems and the resolution of disputes. Students learn about how the law works in theory and in practice. Basic legal concepts and skills relating to law making, judicial process, legal research and the ethical dimensions of practising law are considered. Through activities including court visits and fieldwork, students will learn how to identify and analyse how legal knowledge and practices are applied in different practical contexts, including courts and tribunals, law firms, community legal centres and community organisations. The subject has a strong vocational focus, with a range of practitioners and professionals offering insights into how legal studies skills relate to their work.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTarryn Phillips

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in LBLS - Bachelor of Legal Studies

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LST1LEP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in the LBLS - Bachelor of Legal Studies - for which it is a core subject at first year.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to relevant issues in Legal Studies

Activities:
Students are directed to consider ethical issues and to observe the presents and negotiations of diversity by legal theory and practice in their Court reports and their take home exams.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

02. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments pertinent to a relevant debate in Legal Studies

Activities:
Students will evaluate different arguments concerning legal theory and practice in their Court reports and take home exams.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Present a brief and persuasive argument in legal studies

Activities:
In pairs, students will present an informal tutorial presentation based on their court observations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Present a sustained and complex written argument in Legal Studies

Activities:
Students are asked to write about complex arguments concerning the theory and practice of law in their Court report and take home exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

05. Produce an original, well researched response to a problem in Legal Studies

Activities:
Students will be required to present original, researched responses to issues raised by inequality and legal practice in their Court reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

06. Recognise the benefit of life long learning to understand future trends, issues and debates in Legal Studies

Activities:
Through their library exercise students are directed to tools that help keep track of trends in law reform and policy change.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

07. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Legal Studies

Activities:
Students will review literature relevant to their court observations in their Court reports; students will summarise key arguments concerning legal theory and practice in their take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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

Activities:
Students will work in teams to complete an assessed library exercise; students are required to conduct court observation in pairs and to present an informal presentation based on their court observations with their partner.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTarryn Phillips

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"In non-seminar weeks, on-line learning activities will be delivered on line. Other directed learning activitities, including fieldtrips will be included."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
three online quizzes (worth 500 words)15 01, 02, 07
one tutorial group presentation (Court Report Part A - 500 words)15 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08
one 1,250-word court report (Court Report Part B)30 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07
one 1,750 -word take home exam40 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07