LAWS2227 Law in Action

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit 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 2 elective
This unit focuses on three interrelated questions—how law acts (and where); how law changes and how this occurs within a broader societal context; and how well law works in action. The goal of the unit is for students to appreciate that the law operates in myriad ways, does not exist in isolation from the rest of society (but impacts on and changes in response to it), and is not perfect. The unit extends the written and oral communication skills developed at Level 1 and also engages collaborative working skills.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate basic knowledge of (a) the variety of functions law plays in society; (b) the interaction between law, policy, social change and social control; and (c) how law operates in action at both a general level and in the context of specific case studies; (2) apply skills in (a) research, comprehension and analysis of basic legal and socio-legal texts and journal articles; (b) use of Australian primary legal sources; and (c) written and oral communication.; and (3) implement the discursive practices and conventions of socio-legal studies..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination; (2) research essay; and (3) tutorial work. 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
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.