Credit points: 30

Subject outline

How might we define Legal Studies and Criminology as particular areas of academic scholarship and practice? What are their concerns, their uses, and their limits? How do these reflect their origins and development? How do Legal Studies and Criminology fit within the broader terrain of Western intellectual thought? Is there only one way of doing Legal Studies or criminology, or many? These are some of the questions which underpin this subject, and which will be explored through the consideration of concepts and issues that have emerged as central points of contention within Legal Studies and Criminology.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar readings and discussions, reaction papers, research paper

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in one of LHLS-Bachelor of Legal Studies Honours, AHA-Bachelor of Arts Honours, or AHSS-Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours degree


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. Apply a sophisticated interdisciplinary approach to analysing fundamental concepts in Legal Studies and Criminology
02. Demonstrate a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the nature, development and significance of fundamental concepts in Legal Studies and criminology
03. Demonstrate excellent organizational skills in relation to the conduct of research
04. Demonstrate exemplary writing and editing skills by producing high quality discussions of relevant concepts

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,500-word Research Proposal

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO3, SILO4

One 5,000-word research paper

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Three 500-word reaction papers

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4