LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit introduces students to the nature of law, and the relationship between law and justice. It examines the way that law operates in the world's major legal systems, drawing on the experiences of Australian, Indigenous and international perspectives. The unit seeks to empower and enable students to assess the strengths and weaknesses of law as a means of regulating society in the context of competing and conflicting interests.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand and apply the the nature of law and the relationship between law and justice; (2) understand and apply the defining characteristics of legal systems; (3) understand and apply how law is developed by the legislature and courts in Australia; (4) understand and apply the Australian Guide to Legal Citation referencing style; (5) read and interpret primary legal materials (both statutory provisions and decided cases); (6) understand how those primary materials could be applied to given facts to resolve a legal issue or dispute; (7) research one area of the curriculum using appropriate resources; (8) communicate an understanding of introductory texts and the application of basic theory; and (9) construct a clear, logical and concise written argument, with appropriate referencing.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) research essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tamara Tulich
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1 [SEM-1]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.