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Legal Theory and Research (BJU300)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an understanding of legal theory,the historical changes in both law as a discourse and how law has seen itself. The unit surveys the operation of law since the seventeenth century - exploring the role of God in justifying the law (natural law), the battles between the Crown and Parliament, the rise of positivism and the shift towards law as regulation. There will be an engagement with 'law & economics', feminist theories and post -modern theories.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Recognise and describe key theories about the law;
2. Explain the links between a theory of law and how the legal system has operated or is operating;
3. Effectively structure a legal argument; and
4. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect on your own 'relationship' with the law.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1.5 hours every two weeks commencing in Week 3.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content. The unit will be supported by an LMS website. The workshops will provide a forum for discussing the content of the unit and will include exercises that draw out implicit understandings of the role of law in society. The workshops will also focus on developing skills around the creation, and structure, of arguments in written work
Assessment Students will be assessed via two written assignments and a final examination. Students must complete both assignments in order to pass the unit. This is because the unit learning outcomes and Graduate Attributes will not be properly met without all assessment tasks being completed.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed LAW366 Jurisprudence or LAW301 Legal Theory cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Chris Dent
Associate Professor Law

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6277
e: Christopher.Dent@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.017 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Chris Dent
Associate Professor Law

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6277
e: Christopher.Dent@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.017 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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