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Law in Context (BJU150)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines the interaction between the law and various other disciplines and social groupings. A range of topical issues will be examined. These may vary from year to year, but typical examples include: History and Culture; Common Law and Aboriginal Law; Sentencing, Alternative and restorative Justice; Sentencing, Alternative and restorative Justice; Law and Social Welfare.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should have developed:
1. a sound knowledge and understanding of the historical and social issues contextualising the Australian legal system & how such a context impacts on this system;
2. an understanding of the Australian court system and its proceedings;
3. a critical awareness of contemporary issues in Australia challenging the Australian legal system, for example: indigenous issues; access to justice; asylum seekers & Australian immigration legislation; sentencing & restorative justice programmes;
4. the ability to corporate in small groups & critically synthesise your personal assumptions and knowledge into academically supported views.On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:

Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures:2 hours per week; Tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content. Tutorials will provide students with an opportunity to engage collectively with topics in the unit and to test their understanding. There is also a small group activity in the form of a court report in which students will develop inter-personal skills and group learning.
Other Learning Experiences Students will be expected to attend court sessions and to reflect on their experiences.
Assessment Participation in the unit will involve an online test early in the semester, tutorial participation, a reflective court report and an exam. These assessments will test students' ability to examine and question the Australian legal system not in isolation, but rather, in a broader historical, social and cultural context.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Communication [Combined] (BCrim)+(BCommun)
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Minors Law and Justice
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.


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