Honours Overview


Law and Society scholars examine broad theoretical issues about the nature of law and society as well as how the relationship between the two plays out in particular fields of legal and social policy at both domestic and international levels. Study in this discipline develops important skills in research, analysis, teamwork and communication.

Honours in Law and Society is designed to increase understanding of important theoretical perspectives, while also developing key practical skills relevant to work in or with government and non-government organisations (e.g. policy development and implementation). Through close attention to key texts, and the examination of critical current issues and debates, students will expand and deepen their specialist knowledge gained in the Law and Society major, and develop advanced-level research and critical thinking skills.


Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories, concepts and issues in law and society; (2) demonstrate a broad understanding of relevant socio-legal research methodologies; (3) synthesise literature and research findings with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex socio-legal challenges; (4) apply their knowledge, research and writing skills in order to design and execute an original law and society research project; and (5) demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts in law and society through both cognitive and technical skills.

Entry requirements

Enrolment in the BPhil or a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Law and Society major, or equivalent, as determined by the relevant board.

Intake periods

Beginning of year only


Honours in Law and Society can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
non-standard teaching period
Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
S1, S2LAWS4201Dissertation (Law and Society) Part 1
LAWS3341 Investigating Law and Society
or LAWS3344 Law and Contemporary Social Issues
or LAWS3316 Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change
S1, S2LAWS4202Dissertation (Law and Society) Part 2
LAWS4201 Dissertation (Law and Society) Part 1
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Successful completion of
20820 Juris Doctor
or 21190 Bachelor of Laws
S1LAWS4509Introduction to Legal Research (Part A)
Enrolment in
Business Law, Law and Society
or Criminology honours program.
S2LAWS4510Introduction to Legal Research (Part B)
LAWS4509 Introduction to Legal Research (Part A) (ID 7976)
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
N/ALAWS4001Oceans GovernanceNone
NSLAWS5215Theory & Practice of Risk RegulationNone
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
For Master of Public Policy
or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
For Master of Public Policy
or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
NSLAWS5226International Human Rights Law
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent.
for students in other courses: none
NSLAWS5260Intersections of Law, Policy and GovernmentNone
NSPOLS5501The Politics of Public Policy
LAWS5214 Public Policy