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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Jurisprudence, the philosophy of law, critically examines fundamental legal theories, concepts and ideas. It explores how we understand legal rhetoric, how rhetoric shapes the operation of law and how thinking critically can play a key role in improving what law can be. In this subject, students will enhance and consolidate skills in critical thinking, legal research and academic writing. Students will examine a range of jurisprudential topics, including classical common law theory, natural law and positivism, critical legal studies and socio-legal research, feminist and queer legal theories, critical race theory and poststructuralism.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

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Understanding Jurisprudence

Resource TypePrescribed

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AuthorRaymond Wacks


Edition/Volume4th ed

PublisherOxford University Press


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Career Ready


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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate comprehension of key concepts, ideas and theories of jurisprudence
02. Critically analyse the philosophical, institutional, ethical, social and cultural context of law
03. Develop advanced skills in critical thinking, legal research and academic writing

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