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This subject is not offered in 2009.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week |
Total Time Commitment: 144 hours
Legal Theory or equivalent.
|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.
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Jurisprudence is the study of the traditions through which law appears, is articulated and thought. This subject moves from a consideration of normative and rationalist traditions of legal thought to contemporary theories concerned with legal interpretation, judgement and justice. The theories will be studied in terms of their accounts of law as the form and idiom of human communication. The first part provides an introduction to the course, its structure and its themes. The second part discusses the extant schools of jurisprudence in terms of the organisation of power and knowledge. It addresses natural law traditions, positivist and realist understanding of the science of law, and critical legal studies and postmodernism. The third and final part studies relations between aesthetics, judgment and justice, and specifically focuses on theories of the rhetoric and literature of law.
Note: The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing.
|Objectives:||The overall objective of the course is to provide students with a historical and theoretical understanding of the jurisprudence of common law. It is expected that, at the end of the course, students would be able to: |
• Critically evaluate the main strands of common law thought in terms of the practices of power and knowledge to which they have historically related;
• Critically analyse contemporary theories of law, literature and rhetoric
• Develop a jurisprudential account of the language of law by way of a case study
• Critically analyse contemporary theories of law, ethics and violence
• Understand the nature and roles of critique in jurisprudence.
Research assignment of 5000 words, 100% (due end of semester).
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Printed materials will be issued by Melbourne Law School.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy) |
Philosophy Major |
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