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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores current topics and debates at the cutting edge of Jurisprudence. Jurisprudence, or the philosophy of law, is the critical examination of the fundamental ideas, values and principles that underpin and shape legal thinking. This subject approaches these issues through in-depth examination of specific issues such as whether there is a right to disobey the law, whether animals have rights, whether historical injustices can be remedied, whether criminal justice has a place for mercy, whether there is a right to offend, among others. Students will engage with the issues at an advanced level through reading and critiquing a combination of contemporary academic writings and real world examples drawn from case law, legislation, current debates and history.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesIn seminar sessions students will be discussing jurisprudential issues in structured small group and large group discussions. Writing assignments will require students to write essays that directly engage with fundamental jurisprudential issues.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed LAW5PMI (for JD) or enrolment in a post graduate law degree or by coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsLAW3JRL

Equivalent subjectsLAW3JRL

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. By the end of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of and critical engagement with the jurisprudential issues covered in the subject.
02. By the end of this subject, students will be able to produce academic writing that presents clear and logical arguments informed by well-developed skills in legal research.
03. By the end of this subject, students will be able to create academic work that shows an ability to follow instructions that maintains academic integrity.

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