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 Doctor Susan Bartie
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090999 $1,812.00 $1,419.00 not applicable $1,812.50
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Mutual Exclusions

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

LAW621 & LAW142


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