Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies

There is no new intake for this degree. You can choose to complete a Socio-Legal Studies major within a Bachelor of Arts however.

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with Honours


The Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies is designed for students who are interested in studying and understanding legal ideas, institutions and practices from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. It is not a professional law degree, but an opportunity to engage with the every-changing relationship between law and society using the methods of a broad range of humanities and social science disciplines, including history, philosophy, political science, sociology, social policy, performance studies, anthropology, literary studies, and economics. It combines a clear focus on the core socio-legal subjects with the breadth provided by a second major in Arts and Social Sciences or Government and International Relations, as well as a pool of related electives.

As well providing a solid starting point for a research degree in socio-legal arenas, the degree will provide the foundation for a wide variety of professional fields which lie outside the legal profession itself, but articulate closely with it: social policy, government and business administration and management, non-government organisations, criminology and public
advocacy.

An additional honours year is also available for suitably qualified students.

View a sample degree pathway or map

Requirements

  1. 144 credit points made up of
  2. A Socio-Legal Studies major comprised of 2 junior core units, 4 senior core units and 2 senior units from a pool of related Socio-Legal Studies elective units and
  3. An Arts and Social Sciences major from Table A of the Table of Units of Study and
  4. 4 additional related Socio-Legal Studies senior units also
  5. No more than 48 junior credit points

Core Socio-Legal Studies Units

 Junior Core Units
 Senior Core Units
  • SLSS1001 Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies
  • SLSS1003 Law and Contemporary Society
  • SLSS2601 Socio-Legal Research
  • SCLG2601 Sociological Theory
  • SCLG2615 Law and Social Theory
  • PHIL2645 Philosophy of Law

In addition to your Socio-Legal Studies major, you have a choice of 4 additional senior units from a pool of related Socio-Legal Studies units from the disciplines of Sociology and Social Policy, Philosophy, History, Government and International Relations, Industrial Relations, and Political Economy. Unit offerings are subject to change from year to year. Please see the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook or relevant department website when selecting from the below units.

Related Socio-Legal Studies Units
  • SCLG2605 Social Justice, Law and Society
  • SCLG2607 Social Movements and Policy Making
  • SCLG2608 Social Construction of Difference
  • SCLG2618 Violence, Imagery and Symbolic Power
  • SCLG2620 Human Rights and Social Tramsformations 
  • SCLG2621 Power, Politics and Society
  • SCLG2623 Sociology of Terror
  • SCLG2624 Human Rights and Social Protest
  • SCLG2634 Crime, Punishment and Society
  • SCLG3602 Empirical Sociological Research Methods (pre-requisite: SLSS2601)
  • SLSS2603 Medico-Legal and Forensic Criminology
  • SLSS2604 Indigenous Social and Legal Justice
  • ASLT2617 Writing and Justice in Australian Literature
  • HSTY2652 Genocide in Historical Perspective
  • HSTY2671 Law and Order in Modern America
  • PHIL2607 Indigenous Rights 
  • PHIL2635 Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • PHIL2617 Practical Ethics
  • WORK2207 Labour Law
  • WORK2219 Management and Organisational Ethics
  • GOVT2665 Ethics and Politics
  • GOVT2111 Human Rights and Australian Politics
  • GOVT2336 Gender and Human Rights
  • ECOS3015 Law and Economics

Pathways

There are many ways to structure your degree. The following diagram provides an example of how a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies on a full-time basis (ie 24 credit points per semester) over 3 years might structure their degree.


            Credit Points
First Year S1 SLSS1001 Intro to
Socio-Legal Studies
Arts (Table A)
Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A)
Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A) Major
Junior Pre-req Unit
24
S2 SLSS1003 Law and
Contemporary Society
Arts (Table A)
Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A)
Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A) Major
Junior Pre-req Unit
24
Second Year S1 SLSS2601 Socio-
Legal Research
SLSS Major Senior
Elective Unit
SLSS Related
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
24
S2 SLSS Major Senior
Elective Unit
SLSS Related
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
24
Third Year S1 SCLG2601
Sociological Theory
PHIL2645
Philosophy of Law
SLSS Related
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
24
S2 SCLG2615 Law and
Social Theory
SLSS Related
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
24
          Total= 144

Director

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Dr Rebecca Scott Bray

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