LAW, JUSTICE AND POWER

LST2LJP

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Law, Justice and Power is the core subject for second year students undertaking a major in Legal Studies. The subject brings together interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role law plays in regulating behaviour, resolving disputes, redressing harm and facilitating social change. The limitations and potentials of law are considered through a study of: criminal justice, civil law, therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, human rights, international courts, and civil society justice initiatives. It provides students with a general understanding of institutions and processes, as well as an appreciation of the limits involved in law as practice, and as a 'language of power'.

SchoolSchool 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.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about the gap between the theory and practice of law as a social force.

Activities:
Research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Discuss and articulate, verbally, key concepts and critical perspectives on the power of law; law's role in society; and the impact of law on human lives and human diversity through an examination of ideals, principles, processes, values and functions of law.

Activities:
Group presentations; tutorial and lecture participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Evaluate the role, nature and effectiveness of domestic and international institutions and processes for regulating behaviour, resolving disputes, redressing harm and facilitating social change.

Activities:
Group presentations; quizzes; research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)

04. Exhibit cultural and ethical sensitivity through discussion of a range of case studies involving potentially vulnerable populations.

Activities:
Group presentations; research essay; tutorial and lecture participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

05. Facilitate and participate in group discussion about diverse justice issues using key themes of the subject and theoretical frameworks on law and power used in the subject.

Activities:
Group presentations; tutorial exercises; tutorial and lecture participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

06. From a critical and interdisciplinary perspective, write about the centrality and complexity of power and the elusiveness of justice.

Activities:
Group presentations; tutorial exercises; research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Identify problems in knowledge or practices relevant to current trends and debates on crime, law and justice.

Activities:
Group presentations; tutorial exercises; quizzes; research essay; tutorial and lecture participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

08. Write about and discuss non-conventional justice approaches to social and human problems.

Activities:
Group presentations; research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Ten quizzes (equivalent to 700 words in total)15 01, 03, 07
Seven tutorial exercises (equivalent to 500 words in total)5 05, 07
One 2000-word research essay50 01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08
One 4-minute group presentation and group exercise (equivalent to 1300 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08