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LAWS2100 – Jurisprudence

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstance, Other

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Sarah Sorial
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
60cp including LAWS1000 or LAW115
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit is a philosophically-based introduction to law and legal thought. It has four main objectives. It aims to introduce students to the nature of the Australian legal system; to equip them to think in a theoretical and critical way about the nature of law and legal reasoning; to convey an understanding of some key legal concepts; and to assist them to draw on and apply these reflections in the context of some contemporary legal issues.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse central debates in jurisprudence
  • ULO2: Evaluate the law and legal institutions from a normative perspective.
  • ULO3: Apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and topical controversies
  • ULO4: Develop the ability to build and communicate theoretical legal arguments under time pressure.

General Assessment Information

1. Essay.

The word limit for this assignment is 1,500 words (footnotes and the bibliography are not included in the word limit). Students should adhere to AGLC4). Further details will be released once the course starts.

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

2. Take Home Exam

Students will be required to answer four questions based on the materials weeks 7-12. Each answer is 500 words in length. Questions will be released on iLearn on Monday 1 November. Students will have 5 days to complete the assessment.

The word limit for this assignment is 2000 words. Footnotes and the bibliography are not included in the word limit. Students should abide by AGLC4.

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, late exams will not be accepted. 

3. Quizzes

Class participation for this subject will be assessed by TWO multiple choice quizzes, to be attempted any time during week 6 and week 11. Each quiz will consist of 10 questions, each worth one mark. There is a total of 10 marks per quiz. You will have 15 minutes to complete the quiz from the time you open it. 

The quiz is designed to test your comprehension of the texts set for study and your engagement with the course materials. If you attend classes each week, do the readings and listen to the lectures, the quizzes will be very straightforward.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Essay 40% No 23.59 10/09/2021
Take home exam 40% No 23.59 05/11/2021
timed online quizzes 20% No Quiz 1 opens 9.00 30/08/2021 closes 23.59 03/09/2021

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 23.59 10/09/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

This assignment will require comprehension and critical analysis of some key readings on the nature of law. .

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse central debates in jurisprudence
  • Evaluate the law and legal institutions from a normative perspective.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and topical controversies
  • Develop the ability to build and communicate theoretical legal arguments under time pressure.

Take home exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 23.59 05/11/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

The take-home exam will test critical reasoning skills and comprehension of the set texts.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse central debates in jurisprudence
  • Evaluate the law and legal institutions from a normative perspective.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and topical controversies
  • Develop the ability to build and communicate theoretical legal arguments under time pressure.

timed online quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Quiz 1 opens 9.00 30/08/2021 closes 23.59 03/09/2021
Weighting: 20%

 

two multiple choice quizzes - dates and times will be advertised on iLearn

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse central debates in jurisprudence
  • Evaluate the law and legal institutions from a normative perspective.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and topical controversies

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

The main textbook for this unit is: Denise Meyerson, Jurisprudence, Oxford University Press, 2011. All other reading material will be available from Leganto, which you can access via the iLearn site. All lectures will be available on ECHO360.

Unit Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to Jurisprudence 

Week 2: Law and Force: Austin v Hart

Week 3: Contemporary Positivism 

Week 4: Natural Law Theory

Week 5: Adjudication I: Formalism v Purposivism

Week 6: Adjudication II: Hart v Dworkin (Quiz 1)

Week 7: Realism and Critical Perspectives (Essay due Friday 10 September)

Semester Break: 13 - 26 September 

Week 8: Difference

Week 9: Rights

Week 10: Freedom

Week 11: Inequality (Quiz 2)

Week 12: Civil Disobedience 

Week 13: Take Home Exam (Due Friday 5 November 2021). 

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