Theories of Law (LAWS5169)


This unit seeks to facilitate critical reflection on prominent responses of both philosophers and sociologists to a single question: what is law? Among the notions to which their answers refer (and on which the unit focuses) are power, class, patriarchy, norms, rules, authority, principles, convention, morality, solidarity, discourse, adjudication and interpretation.

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2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


Class-participation (20%) and 1500wd report (20%) and 4000wd essay (60%)

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LAWS3469, LAWS3089

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