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ASC270 - Sociology and the Law

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Credit point(s):1

Trimester 3

EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:N Millen
Incompatible with: ASC370
Note: Students do not require prior legal knowledge to complete this unit successfully.
Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


The unit provides an introduction to a sociological analysis of law making and legal practice and the consequences of the application of law for social change in modern western societies. The theoretical perspectives of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Foucault, Liberalism and Feminism are used to examine the emergence of law and its changing forms in western society. Specific topics in the unit examine: the structure and nature of the legal profession, class-based challenges to the law for better access and relevance, women and the law, medicine and the law, workplace deaths and injury, gender and sexuality and white collar crime and money laundering.


Research essay 2000 words 40%, Two hour closed book exam 30%, Tutorial class paper and test (off campus tutorial activities via CloudDeakin) 30%

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