Advanced Legal Philosophy

Subject 730-261 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Four contact hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours.

Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory or in each case their equivalents.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

The subject concentrates on recent articles and books. The selection will vary from year to year. Printed materials will be provided where necessary.

Note: The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing for honours purposes.

Objectives: The subject aims to develop students’ understanding of issues in legal philosophy, and of the philosophical problems raised by law and legal institutions, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research.

Research essay, topic to be selected in consultation with the lecturer, between 4000-5000 words in length. Prerequisite of class presentation based on essay, and class attendance in at least 50% of scheduled classes is required.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection, and in particular, to appreciate and analyse philosophical issues raised by law and legal institutions

the capacity to communicate, both orally and in writing

the capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources

the ability to develop a research topic, and to prepare in substance an application for research funding

the capacity to plan and manage time

the ability and self-confidence to understand and articulate complex concepts and to confront unfamiliar problems

attitudes towards knowledge that include valuing truth, openness to new ideas and ethics associated with knowledge creation and usage

intercultural sensitivity and understanding

Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Philosophy Major

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