Provides a sociological perspective on the relationship between law and society through a critical analysis of the basic processes of law, issues of social power and legal institutions, and law reform and social change. The unit focuses on understanding legal practices and decision-making, the challenges in defining and implementing rights, the effectiveness of regulation, the “crisis” being experienced by civil courts, and the challenges facing the legal profession.
|Unit name||Sociology of Law|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
Dr Max Travers
Dr Max Travers
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- Understand and critically evaluate the key concepts, issues and theoretical approaches relating to the sociology of law.
- Use relevant sociological approaches and empirical data to discuss the relationship between law and society.
- Clearly communicate your ideas in written and verbal form, using appropriate sociological language and concepts.
- Identify and articulate your own position on key debates about law and justice.
25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
On Campus: 2 lectures weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly
Off Campus: Online lecture recordings and online participation
Task 1: Exam, 2 hours (50%)
Task 2: Short answers, 300 words plus newspaper report (10%)
Task 3: Main essay, 3500 words (40%)
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