Sociology of Law

    Unit code: ASS3009 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    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

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