This unit (ASS3009) of study is framed around classical and contemporary social theory as applied to law and order. Attention is given to how social life and law are intertwined, with a focus on the relationship between justice and crime from social and cultural perspectives. Students will have an opportunity to explore in-depth, particular areas of justice, such as the law and minority groups, Indigenous Australians, and contemporary issues, for example, surveillance, policing, corporate crimes, court proceedings, victimology, and explanations of the causes of crime.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the main frameworks of understanding in the sociology of law;  
  2. Apply sociological theory to contemporary issues in law, regulation and social order; and  
  3. Research and lead analysis of a specific topic using knowledge of key concepts in the sociology of law.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Short answer preliminary exercise (400 word limit) 20%
Poster Visual map of draft major investigation (A3 page) 20%
Report Major investigation on contemporary issue (1500 word limit) 40%
Presentation Interactive Presentation based on major investigation (5 mins max) 20%

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