Course Title: Sociology of Law
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Sociology of Law
Credit Points: 12
365H Global, Urban and Social Studies
|Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017
Course Coordinator: Dr Peta Malins
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 9925 2110
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.19
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
This course focuses on the relationship between law and society, examining both how society shapes law and how law impacts upon society. You will be introduced to a range of sociological perspectives on law, and explore the ways in which such perspectives can help us to better understand law’s role in society. You will learn about law’s impacts in various political, cultural, social and historical contexts, and critically engage with a range of contemporary socio-legal issues, including issues related to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, colonialism, class, the environment, corporate responsibility, genocide, human rights. You will discuss the limits and possibilities of law, and consider the role of law in both forms of oppression and forms of revolutionary social change.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
a) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the theoretical foundations of law, sociology and socio-legal studies;
b) Apply sociological theories and concepts to contemporary socio-legal problems;
c) Debate the role, limits, and possibilities of legal regulation and reform in society;
d) Critically reflect on concepts of justice and the contemporary relationship between citizens, society, law and the state.
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
- Apply a body of professional, theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the socio-legal field and primary dispute resolution processes;
- Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to socio-legal issues and dispute resolution in local and international contexts.
Overview of Learning Activities
This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, problem solving, guest speakers, presentations, case studies, videos, online activities and student lead discussions.
Overview of Learning Resources
There may be a prescribed text for this course. If so, you will be notified in the Part B of the course guide (available the week prior to semester).
RMIT will also provide you with a range of resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include tests and quizzes, presentations, team work, problem solving tasks, role playing, and essay writing. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment