JURISPRUDENCE

LAW3JUR

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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.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To be able to describe and apply in a variety of different subjects notions of the way law works

Activities:
Seminar discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

02. To be able to analyse a range of different ways of looking at the nature of law

Activities:
Seminar discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

03. To be able to independently research ideas relating to jurisprudence using both legal and non-legal materials

Activities:
Library activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

04. To be able to put forward structured arguments that critically assess the concepts that they have come across in their reading

Activities:
Seminar writing activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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