Courses & Units

Legal Theory LAW453

Hobart

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. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R.

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 Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff

TBA

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
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International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090900

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Requisites

  • Pre-requisites: 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;
  • Anti-requisites (mutual exclusions): LAW612.

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 lectures/seminars and 1 tutorial per week

Assessment

2000-word paper (30%); 3000-word paper (60%), performance in tutorials (10%).

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Textbooks

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