Courses & Units

Legal Theory LAW453

Hobart

Note:

Compulsory core unit for students in Law degrees, who commenced in 2013 or later, with course codes: 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N, 63O, 63P, 63Q, 63R and 63Y.

Introduction

Introduces students to moral debates about what the content of the law ought to be and to some of the major theories of law, such as Natural Law, Positivism and Realism and some of the most influential modern theories, including those of Professors Hart and Dworkin. The aim is to encourage students to think about the possible justifications for law and for the powers judges exercise. The unit is divided into two parts: (a) a consideration of whether the criminal law should be used to enforce morality or to prevent harm, leading to a consideration of whether the state should seek to make people morally better or to implement a vision of the good life; and (b) an analysis of theories of law including Natural Law, Positivism and Dworkin's theory by examining the types of justification which they give for judicial decisions especially in hard cases.

Summary

Unit name Legal Theory
Unit code LAW453
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

 Dr Jeffery McGee

Teaching staff

Dr Jeffery McGee

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090900

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Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

LAW305 OR LAW351 AND LAW354 AND LAW353 AND LAW352 OR LAW307 AND LAW306 AND LAW323 AND LAW324.

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

LAW612 Jurisprudence

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 lectures/seminars and 1 tutorial per fortnight.

Assessment

1 essay (50%) + formal examination (40%) + class participation (10%)

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Textbooks

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