This unit will use i-learn and ECHO lectures. Students will be required to use a computer to interact with online research databases and web-based research tools.
For current updates, lecture times and classrooms please consult the MQ Timetables website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au
There is one pre-recorded one-hour lecture per week (available through ECHO lectures) and one live one-hour lecture per week (also available through ECHO lectures).
Internal students must attend at least 10 tutorials and submit all assignments. Students are not permitted to attend tutorials other than the tutorial group for which they are enrolled. If they do so, their attendance will not be recorded and will not count towards fulfilling the attendance requirement for the unit.
External students must attend both days of the on-campus-session and submit all assignments.
Students who miss more than two tutorials or 2 hours of the on-campus session without a successful application for disruption will have marks deducted for class participation. If a successful application for disruption is made the student may be required to meet their tutor to discuss the work covered in the missed tutorials.
Required and recommended resources
Denise Meyerson, Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2011).
Other essential reading
Details available on the i-learn site for LAW214.
There is no single text which covers all of the material dealt with in this unit, but the following books will be useful to you if you would like to read more about the topics. They will also help in the writing of your assignments for this unit. All of these books are on reserve in the Macquarie University Library.
S Berns, Concise Jurisprudence (Federation Press, Sydney, 1993).
B Bix, Jurisprudence: Theory and Context (5thedn, Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2009).
S Bottomley and S Bronitt, Law in Context (3rd edn, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006).
R Cotterrell, The Politics of Jurisprudence (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1989).
H Davies and D Holdcroft, Jurisprudence: Texts and Commentary (Butterworths, London, 1991).
M Davies, Asking the Law Question (3rd edn, Law Book Company, Sydney, 2008).
R Dworkin, Taking Rights Seriously (Duckworths, London, 1977).
R Dworkin, Law's Empire (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1986).
L Fuller, The Morality of Law (Revised edn, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1969).
S Guest, Ronald Dworkin (2nd edn, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 1997).
J W Harris, Legal Philosophies (2nd edn, Butterworths, London, 1997).
H L A Hart, The Concept of Law (2nd ed, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994).
J M Kelly, A Short History of Western Legal Theory (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992).
D Lloyd, Lloyd's Introduction to Jurisprudence (8th edn, Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2008).
H McCoubrey and N D White, Textbook on Jurisprudence (2nd edn, Blackstone Press Ltd, London, 1996).
J G Murphy and J L Coleman, The Philosophy of Law (Revised edn, Westview Press, Boulder, San Francisco, and London, 1990).
D Patterson, A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (Blackwell, Oxford, 1996).
J G Riddall, Jurisprudence (2nd edn, Butterworths, London, 1999).
F Schauer, Thinking Like a Lawyer (Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 2009).
R Wacks, Understanding Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005).