Jurisprudence - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Policy Brief (20%) , Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

Jurisprudence is the study of the phenomenon of law. While it is primarily law’s self-understanding, it involves interdisciplinary study of law as well. The unit analyses and considers the implications of the different understandings and approaches.
The unit will introduce the student to the great thinkers and ideas about law. It provides a survey of their ideas and approaches and critical analysis of those ideas and approaches. It also provides in depth analysis of contemporary and popular ideas and critiques of law. As law is a global phenomenon the course will examine thinkers and ideas from a variety of countries and eras.

At the conclusion of this unit, students will have developed a deeper, critical and more comprehensive appreciation of the nature of law and the legal system, as well as a better understanding of the role of law (and hence lawyers) in society. The unit will provide an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication skills through class/online activities, as well as learning and assessment tasks.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the political, social, historical, philosophical, and economic context of law;
  2. engage in identification, articulation and critical evaluation of legal theory and the implications for policy;
  3. critically analyse and research complex problems relating to law and legal theory and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives.
  • Assignment 1 — Policy Brief (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Research Paper (40%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Meaning of Law
3Nature of Law
4Natural Law
6Liberalism & Theories of Justice
7Legal Science
8Legal Realism, Law & Economics
9Sociology of Law
10Marxist Theories of law, & Feminist Jurisprudence
11Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race Theory, & Postmodernism
12Theories of Adjudication

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Lloyd's Introduction to Jurisprudence 9e

    By:Freeman, Michael

    ISBN: 9780414026728


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