Jurisprudence - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 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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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

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.

On 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
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal theory
  5. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions.
  • Assignment 1 — Policy Brief (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Research Paper (40%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Jurisprudence What is law?
2Natural Law and Legal Positivism.
3Contemporary Natural law.
4Liberalism in the law.
5Legal Science/law and economics.
6Legal Realism/Critical Legal Studies.
7Sociological Jurisprudence, sociology of law.
9Feminist Jurisprudence.
10Critical Race Theory.
11Legal concepts and theories of justice.
12Globalisation and world order.

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.

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