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LAWS3344 Law and Contemporary Social Issues

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge of how various minority groups are disadvantaged by social attitudes, institutional practices, laws and legal processes; (2) demonstrate an advanced understanding of what Australian courts and parliaments have done in seeking to remedy deficiencies in access and equality before the law; (3) assess the significance and implications of legally defining and responding to difference, including differences around sexuality, sex, gender identity, culture and bodies; (4) apply skills in independent scholarly research; and (5) demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills..
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
LAWS2227 Law in Action and at least one Level 2 Law and Society option unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Note
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.
  • 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.