Courses & Units

Law — History and Context LAW621

Hobart

Introduction

This unit introduces students to the history of ideas, political events and personalities that have shaped legal institutions, laws and lawyers and prompted critical examinations of their role within society.  Students are encouraged to consider Tasmania's unique position and history and to draw comparisons with experiences in other States and countries. They are expected to scrutinise the way that law has been depicted in literature, art and other mediums, drawing on local resources, artists and attractions.   A range of historical literature, including life histories, forms the intellectual core of the unit and students receive instruction on how to evaluate and engage with this literature to advance cogent arguments.   By situating law within its broader context this unit aims to assist students to better understand the relevance of their studies to their future lives and careers.  The unit also seeks to embed essential personal skills in time management, reflection and the capacity to work independently.


A further purpose of this unit is to build students' confidence and profile as research scholars and public commentators.  Part of the assessment of this unit involves students organising, presenting and critiquing a scholarly forum (either on-line or face-to-face) designed to disseminate student work.   The assessment and activities within this unit will also provide students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

This unit will be taught through a blended delivery that offers students flexibility.  Almost half of the teaching time in this unit will consist of on-line delivery and the remaining half will be delivered in interactive workshops that correspond with the on-line delivery.

Summary

Unit name Law — History and Context
Unit code LAW621
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Dr Susan Bartie

Teaching staff

Dr Susan Bartie

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* 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
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090399

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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

Requisites

Prerequisites

LAW253 AND LAW251 AND LAW250 AND LAW204 AND LAW252 AND LAW254 AND LAW255 AND LAW256

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Weeks 1 to 6

All of the material and instruction for this unit will be available for students to view on-line, read or download in weeks 1 to 6 of the semester.

There will be two workshops each week where they will have the opportunity to debate and discuss the issues raised in the material. Each workshop will be one hour in length (a total of 12 hours across the 6 weeks). 
A lecturer will facilitate this discussion based on a set of questions distributed in or prior to the class.
The matters addressed in the materials and workshop will be examined in assessment task 1.

Weeks 7 to 12
In weeks 7 to 12 four additional one hour workshops will be held to discuss matters associated with assessment task 2 and to arrange the LHC forum in week 13.


In addition a lecturer will be available on-line during student consultation times.

Assessment

1 X 3,500 word essay worth 50%

1 X 1,500 reflective piece on public forum 40%

4 X 250 word abstracts 10%

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Textbooks

Required

TBA

Recommended

TBA

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