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Unit Code
Unit Title
LAW401 Equity and Trusts
LAW407 Mooting
LAW422 Evidence
LAW423 Criminal and Civil Procedure
LAW450 Equity
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW602 Foundations of Media and Information Technology Law
LAW603 Labour Law
LAW604 Competition Law
LAW606 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic
LAW607 Corporations Law 2
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW608 Law of Nations
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW609 Comparative Administrative Law
LAW610 International Environmental Law and Policy
LAW611 Jurisprudence A: Concepts of Justice
LAW612 Jurisprudence B
LAW615 Criminology
LAW617 Comparative Law
LAW619 Biotechnology Law
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW620 Insurance and Superannuation Law
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW622 Law Elective 4 (Dispute Resolution)
LAW623 Law Elective 5
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW631 International Law
LAW634 Human Rights
LAW636 Law of the European Union
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW641 Environmental Law: Development Control
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW644 Advanced Constitutional Law
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW652 Media Law
LAW662 Tax 1
LAW663 International Trade
LAW664 Intellectual Property
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW669 Consumer Protection
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW670 Information Technology Law
LAW671 Tax 2
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW677 Law Elective 2 (International Arbitration Law)
LAW678 Law Elective 3 (Legal Restraints on Use of Military Force)
LAW679 Elective 2 (Supervised Research)
LAW681 Family 1 - the Family and the Child
LAW682 Family 2 - Financial Aspects of Family Law
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW683 Succession
LAW684 Conflicts (Private International Law)
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW688 Sentencing
(Not Offered 2006)
LAW692 Elective 1 (Jessup Moot)
LAW693 Law Elective 1 (Contemporary Concepts of Property)
LAW695 Law and Ethics of Health Care
LAW696 Professional Conduct

2013 LAW453 Legal Theory

Unit Level:

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: Compulsory core unit for students in new Law degrees, who commenced in 2013 or later, with course codes: 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N, 63O and 63P.

Not Offered


Introduces students to moral debates about what the content of the law ought to be and to some of the major theories of law, such as Natural Law, Positivism and Realism and some of the most influential modern theories, including those of Professors Hart and Dworkin. The aim is to encourage students to think about the possible justifications for law and for the powers judges exercise. The unit is divided into two parts: (a) a consideration of whether the criminal law should be used to enforce morality or to prevent harm, leading to a consideration of whether the state should seek to make people morally better or to implement a vision of the good life; and (b) an analysis of theories of law including Natural Law, Positivism and Dworkin's theory by examining the types of justification which they give for judicial decisions especially in hard cases.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 1500-word paper (30%); 2,500-word paper (60%), performance in tutorials (10%).

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 lectures/seminars and 1 tutorial per week

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
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Prereq LAW121, LAW122 plus completion of first year in another Faculty, or Bachelor degree; LAW204; LAW250; LAW251; LAW252; LAW253; LAW254; LAW255; LAW256 and LAW305; LAW351; LAW352; LAW353; LAW354.
M.Excl LAW612

STAFF: Michael Stokes

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