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Unit Code
Unit Title
LAW407 Mooting
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW422 Evidence
LAW423 Criminal and Civil Procedure
LAW450 Equity
LAW451 Civil Procedure
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW452 Legal Ethics
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW453 Legal Theory
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW454 Remedies
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW455 Mooting
LAW602 Foundations of Media and Information Technology Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW603 Labour Law
LAW604 Competition Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW606 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic
LAW607 Corporations Law 2
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW608 Law of Nations
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW609 Comparative Administrative Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW610 International Environmental Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW612 Jurisprudence
LAW615 Criminology
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW617 Comparative Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW619 Biotechnology Law
LAW622 Law Elective 4 (Concepts of Property)
LAW623 International Humanitarian Law
LAW624 Dispute Resolution
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW625 Law Review
LAW626 Sports Law
LAW627 Parliamentary Law and Practice
LAW628 Advocacy
LAW631 International Law
LAW634 Human Rights
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW636 Law of the European Union
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW637 Jessup Moot
LAW638 Criminology
LAW639 Current Issues in Environmental Law
LAW640 Dispute Resolution
LAW641 Environmental Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW652 Media Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW662 Tax 1
LAW663 International Trade Law
LAW664 Intellectual Property
LAW669 Consumer Protection
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW670 Information Technology Law
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW677 Law Elective 2 (International Criminal Law)
LAW678 Law Elective 3 (Comparative Family Law)
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW679 Supervised Research Paper
LAW681 Family 1 - the Family and the Child
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW682 Family 2 - Financial Aspects of Family Law
LAW683 Succession
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW684 Conflicts (Private International Law)
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW688 Sentencing
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW692 Jessup Moot
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW693 Law Elective 1 (Transitional Governance)
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW695 Law and Ethics of Health Care
(Not Offered 2013)
LAW696 Professional Conduct

2013 LAW453 Legal Theory

Unit Level:

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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

Not Offered


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.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 1500-word paper (30%); 2,500-word paper (60%), performance in tutorials (10%).

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 lectures/seminars and 1 tutorial per week

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
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Prereq LAW121, LAW122 plus completion of first year in another Faculty, or Bachelor degree; LAW204; LAW250; LAW251; LAW252; LAW253; LAW254; LAW255; LAW256 and LAW305; LAW351; LAW352; LAW353; LAW354.
M.Excl LAW612

STAFF: Michael Stokes

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