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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Sociology of Law
Unit code HGA307
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Max Travers

Teaching staff

Dr Max Travers

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



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and critically evaluate the key concepts, issues and theoretical approaches relating to the sociology of law.
  2. Use relevant sociological approaches and empirical data to discuss the relationship between law and society.
  3. Clearly communicate your ideas in written and verbal form, using appropriate sociological language and concepts.
  4. Identify and articulate your own position on key debates about law and justice.




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

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

HAF209, HAF309


Teaching Pattern

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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