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ASC370 - Sociology and the Law

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:N Millen




Incompatible with: ASC270
Note: Students do not require prior legal knowledge to complete this unit successfully.
Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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 2500 words 40%, Two hour closed book exam 30%, seminar class paper and test (Cloud (online) mode seminar activities via CloudDeakin) 30%

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