LAWS3344 Law and Contemporary Social Issues

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit examines the ways in which law both creates and responds to a range of contemporary sociolegal issues faced by various minority groups in Australia. The unit uses an interdisciplinary perspective to investigate the law's recognition and treatment of individual/group differences, including differences in terms of sexuality, sex, gender identity, culture and bodies. The unit extends the written and oral communication, research and collaborative skills developed at Levels 1 and 2.
Students are able to (1) develop knowledge of (a) how various minority groups are disadvantaged by social attitudes, institutional practices, laws and legal processes; and (b) what Australian courts and parliaments have done in seeking to remedy deficiencies in access and equality before the law; (2) understand the significance and implications of legally defining and responding to difference, including differences around sexuality, sex, gender identity, culture and bodies; and; and (3) continue to develop skills in (a) independent research including the development of a research question; (b) scholarly research of primary and secondary sources utilising legal and social science databases; and (c) written and oral communication..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) reflection paper; and (3) tutorial participation. 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 Theodore Bennett
Unit rules
LAWS2227 Law in Action and at least one Level 2 Law and Society option unit.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 or 2 units.
  • 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.