Law and Contemporary Society (SLSS1003)


This unit provides an understanding of the central themes and issues in social scientific analyses of the operation of law in society. After briefly outlining the various ways in which social life is organised in terms of law, the unit will examine a range of key concerns in the development of legal ideas, institutions and processes today, including the increasing legal regulation of private life, law and science, human rights, the globalisation of law, terrorism, risk and security, law and social inequality and citizenship.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Tutorial participation (10%) and 2000wd Essay (40%) and 2hr exam (50%)

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