To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:

A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Law and Society by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.

A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in Law and Society by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) plus and additional topic (4.5 units) from the Year 2  or Year 3 Topics listed in the program of study below. Students in the BEd(MSS)BA cannot complete a minor in Law and Society.

Law and Society is not offered as an extended major.

Course aims

This major aims to produce students who understand the role of justice and policy development and application in providing mechanisms for the development of a just and equitable society.  It addresses justice issues in a number of different areas and allows students opportunities to develop skills and an understanding of a range of justice areas, including young people, gender issues, business, health, education, mediation and advocacy.

Learning outcomes

On completing this major in conjunction with their other Bachelor studies students will be able to demonstrate:

  • comprehensive understanding of the way justice systems operate in contemporary societies, both in Australia and internationally
  • well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • skills as independent learners and workers, as well as skills for group and team work.

Program of study

The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Law and Society and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.

Major - Law and Society

Core - Year 1 topics

CRIM1102  Criminal Justice System  (4.5 units)
LEGL1201  Law in Australian Society  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

CRIM2301  Criminal Law in Context  (4.5 units)

 plus an additional 9 units from the year 2 or 3 topics listed below*

Core - Year 3 topics

SOCI2025  Sociological Research: Design, Methods and Ethics  (4.5 units)

 plus an additional 9 units from the year 3 topics listed below*.

Option - Year 2 topics

INTR2006  Debating Human Rights  (4.5 units)
 Regulating Small Business  (4.5 units)
LEGL2117  Crimes Against Populations  (4.5 units)
PHIL2601  Ethics for Professionals  (4.5 units)
PHIL2608  Freedom, Law and Society  (4.5 units)
PHIL2613  Global Justice  (4.5 units)
SOCI2015  Sociology of Deviance  (4.5 units)
WMST2015  Sex, Gender and the Law  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 topics

CRIM3402  Advanced Research Methods and Analysis  (4.5 units)
  Global Inequality  (4.5 units)
INTR3102  Controversies in International Relations  (4.5 units)
ITAL3215  The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations  (4.5 units)
LEGL3112  Regulating Technology  (4.5 units)
LLAW3256  Socio-Legal Theory  (4.5 units)**
SOCI3047  Shaping the Future  (4.5 units)
SOCI3049  Sociology of Law  (4.5 units)
WMST3013  Gendering Politics and Policy: Justice, Rights and Representation  (4.5 units)
XXXXxxxx  International Protection of Human Rights  (4.5 units)
XXXXxxxx  International Trade Law and Development  (4.5 units)

*Students may substitute up to 9 units of related year 2 or 3 topics with the approval of the Director of Studies, providing any individual topics prerequisites are met.

** Students intending to take LLAW3256  Socio-Legal Theory should also include PHIL1060 Critical Reasoning (4.5 units) or SOCI1001 Issues in Sociology (4.5 units) as part of their Bachelor of Arts electives.


Refer to Honours - Law and Society