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Law and Justice

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A Law and Justice minor offers students the opportunity to examine the capacity and power of law to deliver justice in a range of social, historical and political contexts. A key focus of the subjects in this sequence is an engagement with the origins and effects of law’s processes.

To complete the minor, students must take 6 subjects, selecting from a total of 8. There is one compulsory subject at each year level (two in Arts, one in Law). Overall, two Law subjects, taught by members of the Melbourne Law School, and six Arts subjects taught by members of the Discipline of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences will be offered as part of the minor. The minor is not designed as either a pre-requisite for nor as a guaranteed pathway into the Melbourne JD; rather, it provides a concentration on law and justice issues within the BA and as breadth.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

  • understand the political, cultural, socio-economic and historical practices of law and of justice from an Australian and international perspective; and
  • examine the capacity and power of law to deliver justice across a range of social, historical, cultural and political contexts; and
  • critically discuss socio-legal theories and concepts; and
  • understand theoretical perspectives on the connections between justice, law and society. and
  • communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
Last updated: 1 May 2019