UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Joshua Sanchez-Lawson

I chose to study Law and Society at UWA because the wide range of topics covered enabled me to critically engage with issues that interested me the most and examine the role the law can play in helping or harming society. In combination with Communications and Media Studies, I have developed a critical understanding of areas such as copyright and censorship.

Law and Society major

What impact does law have on our lives? To what extent does law either control what we do or allow us to achieve what we want? Is the law the same thing as justice? Can the world be saved by law? This major examines broad theoretical issues about the nature of law and society as well as how the relationship plays out in particular fields of legal and social policy at both domestic and international levels. The fields you may study include human rights, decisions about birth and death, crime and justice, Indigenous rights, freedom of expression and religion. Studying Law and Society will help you develop important skills in research, analysis, teamwork and communication.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate comprehensive understanding with depth in what we know about the law, how it is made and how it works in our society; (2) demonstrate understanding of the underlying dynamics of the interdisciplinary field of law and society and its relationship to criminology including an in-depth understanding of legal reasoning, rules, institutions, players and power structures; (3) demonstrate understanding of the relationship between local, national and international legal systems, rules, practices and institutions; (4) demonstrate understanding of how law operates within social, cultural, political and historical contexts; (5) demonstrate well-developed cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, identify and solve defined problems, and exercise critical judgement and thinking in creating new understanding; (6) demonstrate well-developed bibliographic and referencing skills; (7) demonstrate basic time and project management skills; (8) demonstrate well-developed skills to present data and evidence in an appropriate format and communicate through written and oral media clearly, effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts for a variety of audiences; (9) demonstrate well-developed skills to work productively in a group; (10) use judgement and initiative by developing (a) ethical approaches and mature judgement in practical and academic matters; and (b) the capacity for effective citizenship, leadership and teamwork; and (11) take responsibility and accountability for their own learning having developed attitudes which (a) value learning; and (b) respect Indigenous knowledge, values and culture.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Law and Society can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Law and Society is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 LAWS1110 Crime and Society None
S2 LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change None

Level 2

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 LAWS2227 Law in Action Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems) or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
N/A LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System Prerequisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1 LAWS2224 Evolution of Human Rights Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict, and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
Co-requisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
NS LAWS2225 Indigenous Peoples and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems) or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
S2 LAWS2226 International Legal Institutions Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1 LAWS2309 Work and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems); or EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; or EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units or equivalent
Incompatibility: LAWS3309 Workplace Law

Level 3

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 LAWS3344 Law and Contemporary Social Issues Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action and at least two other Level 2 Law and Society option units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 LAWS3221 Creative Expression and the Law Prerequisites: (LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions) and LAWS2227 Law in Action
Incompatibility: LAWS2221 Creative Expression and the Law
S2 LAWS3330 Gender and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
S1 LAWS3334 Law and Religion Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
N/A LAWS3341 Investigating Law and Society Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
S2 LAWS3374 Crime, Justice and Public Policy Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Law and Society degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-LWSOC (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Law and Society degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-LWSOC-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Law and Society can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Law and Society can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Law and Society second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 LAWS1110 Crime and Society None
S2 LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change None

Level 2

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 LAWS2227 Law in Action Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems) or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
N/A LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System Prerequisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1 LAWS2224 Evolution of Human Rights Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict, and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
Co-requisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
NS LAWS2225 Indigenous Peoples and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems) or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
S2 LAWS2226 International Legal Institutions Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1 LAWS2309 Work and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems); or EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; or EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units or equivalent
Incompatibility: LAWS3309 Workplace Law

Level 3

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 LAWS3344 Law and Contemporary Social Issues Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action and at least two other Level 2 Law and Society option units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 LAWS3221 Creative Expression and the Law Prerequisites: (LAWS1104 Introduction to Law or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions) and LAWS2227 Law in Action
Incompatibility: LAWS2221 Creative Expression and the Law
S2 LAWS3330 Gender and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
S1 LAWS3334 Law and Religion Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
N/A LAWS3341 Investigating Law and Society Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
S2 LAWS3374 Crime, Justice and Public Policy Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Law and Society can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-LWSOC (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Law and Society can also be taken as a degree-specific major.