Contemplate the phenomenon of law. Integrate your understanding of the political, social, historical, philosophical and economic impacts of laws. Be introduced to great thinkers and ideas to be able to formulate your own critical interpretations.
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- 17 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the political, social, historical, philosophical, and economic context of law
- Engage in identification, articulation and critical evaluation of legal theory and the implications for policy
- Critically analyse and research complex problems relating to law and legal theory and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
- Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal theory
- Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions.
- Please refer to RMIT University’s Learning Management System - Canvas, for further details.
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
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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 subject analyses and considers the implications of the different understandings and approaches.
The subject 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 degree will examine thinkers and ideas from a variety of countries and eras.
At the conclusion of this subject, 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 subject 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.
The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
- Assessment Task 1, Linked CLOs 1,2,4,5 (20%)
- Assessment Task 2, Linked CLOs 1,2,3,4,5 (40%)
- Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs 2,3,4 (40%)
Current study term: 16 Jul 23 to 22 Oct 23
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