Sociology of Law

Unit code: ASS3009 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


This unit 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Short answer preliminary exercise
Assessment type: Poster
Grade: 20%
Visual map of draft major investigation
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Major investigation on contemporary issue
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Interactive Presentation based on major investigation

Required reading

Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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