LAWS2227 Law in Action

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
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..
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
Note
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.

If you are currently unable to enter Western Australia and require this unit as part of your 2021 enrolment, please contact [email protected] with full details of your location and course to discuss online options.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.