- Code LAWS4288
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
In contrast to classical jurisprudence critical theory asserts that law is the reflection of the political values. It examines the how law is connected to contemporary political issues, among others, including those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, environment and economics. This course introduces major concepts, questions and perspectives that are important for a critical engagement with the problem of law in contemporary life. It questions the importance and meaning of being ‘critical’ and interrogates the relationship between law and justice. By following a set of topics fundamental for critical theory the course eflects on the problems of sovereignty, subjectivity, violence, judgment or the nature of government. By applying these critical legal perspectives to a range of contemporary problems and situations the course will show the relevance of critical theory to contemporary study of law and equip the students with the ability to deal with theoretical questions pertaining to issues such as biotechnology, social media, political protest, interdisciplinarity, human rights, social equality or refugee law. This course will review the thought and concepts of the most important critical figures in Western philosophy including Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault or Jacques Derrida.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify central concepts, principles, and debates of contemporary critical legal theory.
- Distinguish between and investigate the relationship between normative and critical legal theories.
- Critically evaluate existing legal concepts, practices, techniques and phenomena
- Critically interpret the role of law in modernity and the way modern law shapes contemporary legal, political and cultural relations
- Investigate the place of law among other academic disciplines, practices and concepts.
- Plan and execute an independent research essay.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- Research essay (5,000 words) (70) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
- Reflective journal covering research methodologies 20% (20) [LO 1,2]
- Preparation of discussion group 10% (10) [LO 4,5]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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