Socio-legal Studies

Socio-Legal Studies

SLSS1001 Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: tutorial participation (10%) and 1500wd take-home exercise (40%) and 3000wd essay (50%)
This unit provides students with an introduction to the understanding of legal ideas, institutions and practices in their social and historical contexts. It will provide an historical overview of legal institutions and forms of law in Australia, the place of the idea of the rule of law in state-formation, liberalism, processes of civilisation and colonialism, law and the public/private distinction, changing conceptions of human rights, as well as outlining the central features of the various fields of law.
SLSS1003 Law and Contemporary Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: tutorial participation (10%) and 2000wd essay (40%) and 2hr exam (50%)
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.
SLSS2603 Medico-Legal and Forensic Criminology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Scott Bray Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Sociology or Socio-Legal Studies Assessment: tutorial participation (10%) and 500wd tutorial paper plus in-class presentation (15%) and 1500wd essay (35%) and 2500wd take-home exercise (40%)
This unit of study explores the relationship between crime, law, medicine and science in society by specifically examining the history of criminal detection practices, death investigation systems and the coroner's office, the role of medicine and science in criminal justice and socio-legal management of the dead. Students will be introduced to developing areas in medico-legal and forensic criminology, and will explore specific issues and case studies such as human tissue and organ controversies.
SLSS2604 Indigenous Social and Legal Justice

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Prerequisites: (SLSS1001 and SLSS1003) or (SLSS1001 and SLSS1002) Assessment: 1x1000wd workbook (30%), 1x500wd in-class presentation or equivalent (10%), 1x3000wd research essay (50%) and tutorial participation/attendance (10%)
This unit will provide students with an appreciation of issues facing Indigenous peoples in the struggle for social and legal justice, focussing on the idea of Indigenous justice in Australia in the context of other comparable nations, such as the United States, Canada and New Zealand. We will compare specific examples or models of law and policy recognising Indigenous social and legal justice in specific areas, such as child protection, criminal justice, and land rights, in Australia and overseas.
SLSS2605 Crime, Media and Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Greg Martin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies) and (SLSS2603) Corequisites: SCLG2634 Assessment: 1000wd photo essay and/or critical commentary and/or book review (20%) and 2000wd research essay (50%) and 1500wd take-home exercise (30%)
This unit examines criminological approaches that explore intersections between crime/criminal justice, media forms and cultural dynamics. Topics include delinquent gangs, youth, subcultures and the law, folk devils and moral panics, cultural criminology, graffiti, edgework, television and fictional crime, serial killers, dark tourism, new technologies and social protest, surveillance, high crime, crime without frontiers.
SLSS3601 Doing Socio-Legal Research

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr qualitative workshop/week,1x1-hr quantitative computer lab/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies and SCLG2602 Prohibitions: SLSS2601 Assessment: 500wd quiz (20%) and 2x250wd data analysis exercise (2x10%) and 2x1500wd research report (2x30%)
This unit will develop an understanding of social science research methods as they apply to quantitative and qualitative socio-legal studies. The unit will consider the epistemological, ontological and theoretical aspects of qualitative and quantitative research design and methodology and provide an overview of the main research methods applicable in both qualitative and quantitative socio-legal studies. Students will learn about the different stages involved in the development of both qualitative and quantitative socio-legal research projects.
SLSS4011 Socio-Legal Studies Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Greg Martin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2-hr seminars/week in semester 1 Prerequisites: completion of all requirements of a Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies with a credit average in senior level core and elective Socio-Legal Studies units. Requirements for the Pass degree must be completed before entry to level 4000 honours units of study. Assessment: 18000-20000wd thesis (60%) and 6000wd equivalent written work for each seminar (2x20%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Honours program in Socio-Legal Studies consists of: 1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff; 2. two seminars that meet weekly for two hours each during Semester 1. For more information, consult the Department of Sociology and Social Policy website or contact the Honours Coordinator.
SLSS4012 Socio-Legal Studies Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Greg Martin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SLSS4011
refer to SLSS4011
SLSS4013 Socio-Legal Studies Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Greg Martin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SLSS4012
refer to SLSS4011
SLSS4014 Socio-Legal Studies Honours D

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Greg Martin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SLSS4013
refer to SLSS4011