Socio-legal Studies

Socio-Legal Studies

SLSS1001 Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%) and 1500wd Take-home exercise (40%) and 3000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%) and 2000wd Essay (40%) and 2hr exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr 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%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
SLSS2605 Crime, Media and Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies) and (SLSS2603) Corequisites: SCLG2634 Assessment: 1x1000wd Photo Essay and/or critical commentary and/or book review (20%), 1x2000wd Research essay (50%), 1x1500wd Take-home exercise (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr qualitative workshop/week,1x1hr quantitative computer lab/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies and 6 Senior 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%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week in semester 1 Assessment: 18000-20000wd thesis (60%) and 6000wd equivalent written work for each seminar (2x20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
SLSS4012 Socio-Legal Studies Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SLSS4011 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
refer to SLSS4011
SLSS4013 Socio-Legal Studies Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SLSS4012 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
refer to SLSS4011
SLSS4014 Socio-Legal Studies Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SLSS4013 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
refer to SLSS4011