Courses & Units

Law and Social Change LAW185


Law and Social Change considers the role that law and lawyers have played in shaping or influencing some of the major ideas, political events and personalities within society and how these factors have, in turn, influenced law and lawyering. It also introduces students to key issues concerning the future of law and lawyers. Students are encouraged to consider Tasmania’s unique position and history and to draw comparisons with experiences in other States and countries. 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.


Unit name Law and Social Change
Unit code LAW185
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Benjamin Richardson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain the role law has played in shaping or influencing some of the major ideas, political events and personalities and how these factors have, in turn, influenced law
  • Respond critically to the way that law and legal history has been reported in a range of secondary literature
  • Construct and communicate clear and persuasive written arguments about the relevance of context and history to thinking about law and legal institutions by identifying, appraising and synthesizing evidence
  • Distil and present key points about the role of law in society clearly and engagingly in an online medium

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

LAW621 & LAW142


Teaching Pattern
  1. weekly 1-hour lecture (online)
  2. weekly 2-hour workshop (one workshop will be face-to-face and a second workshop online for students enrolled as online).
AssessmentAbstracts (20%)|Leadership Question Exercise (30%)|Review Essay (50%)
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