Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is the core subject for third year students undertaking a major in Crime Justice and Legal Studies. Using theories, methods and knowledge derived from the Social Sciences, it examines the relationship between law, policy, social cohesion and change. How law and policy making processes frame and respond to emerging issues and social problems is illuminated through consideration of case studies drawn from areas such as health, the environment, violence and immigration. By focusing on the development and implementation of policy, students also consider the tension between policy aims and their political, legal and social effects. After taking this subject, students will have a critical appreciation of the context, dynamics and outcomes of law and social policy, and will have honed their skills by formulating their own policy proposals. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar discussions and exercises, policy proposal, research essay. Group presentations, seminar exercises, research essay. 

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of level 2 LST, LCR or LAW subjects and 30 credit points of Humanities and Social Sciences or Law subjects or subject coordinators approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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. evaluate diverse positions and arguments pertinent to relevant policy debates. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to the production and implementation of social policy.
02. Present arguments, brief, persuasive, sustained and complex concerning public policy. Summarise research and arguments about relevant policy areas and applicable social theory.
03. Produce an original, well researched and theorised response to a problem concerning public policy. Recognise the benefit of life long learning to the production and delivery of policy.
04. Work effectively with a group as a group member and/or a group leader to deliver a critique of policy development and delivery.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Seminar Exercises (equivalent of 500 words) Delivered as group work in seminars across the semester

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

One 1500-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

One1500-word policy proposal This assessment assesses the La Trobe Essentials of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3

One group presentation (equivalent of 500 words)

N/AOral presentationCombinedNo10 SILO4