Courses & Units

Law - History and Context LAW621


This unit introduces students to the history of ideas, political events and personalities that have shaped legal institutions, laws and lawyers and prompted critical examinations of their role within society.  Students are encouraged to consider Tasmania's unique position and history and to draw comparisons with experiences in other States and countries. They are expected to scrutinise the way that law has been depicted in literature, art and other mediums, drawing on local resources, artists and attractions.   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.  The unit also seeks to embed essential personal skills in time management, reflection and the capacity to work independently.

A further purpose of this unit is to build students' confidence and profile as research scholars and public commentators.  Part of the assessment of this unit involves students organising, presenting and critiquing a scholarly forum (either on-line or face-to-face) designed to disseminate student work.   The assessment and activities within this unit will also provide students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

This unit will be taught through a blended delivery that offers students flexibility.  Almost half of the teaching time in this unit will consist of on-line delivery and the remaining half will be delivered in interactive workshops that correspond with the on-line delivery.


Unit name Law - History and Context
Unit code LAW621
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Susan Bartie

Teaching staff

Dr Susan Bartie

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

Weeks 1 to 6

All of the material and instruction for this unit will be available for students to view on-line, read or download in weeks 1 to 6 of the semester.

There will be two workshops each week where they will have the opportunity to debate and discuss the issues raised in the material. Each workshop will be one hour in length (a total of 12 hours across the 6 weeks). 
A lecturer will facilitate this discussion based on a set of questions distributed in or prior to the class.
The matters addressed in the materials and workshop will be examined in assessment task 1.

Weeks 7 to 12
In weeks 7 to 12 four additional one hour workshops will be held to discuss matters associated with assessment task 2 and to arrange the LHC forum in week 13.

In addition a lecturer will be available on-line during student consultation times.


1 X 3,500 word essay worth 50%

1 X 1,500 reflective piece on public forum 40%

4 X 250 word abstracts 10%

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