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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-Legal Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-legal Studies) should: * understand the social, political and historical context of law and legal process; * have developed a specialized knowledge in an area of socio-legal studies; * appreciate the problems of legal reform; * gain a deep conceptual understanding of the relationship between law and society; * be able to critically and constructively discuss the role of law in society; * gain a high level of critical thinking and analysis and a high standard of academic writing; * be equipped to engage in creative and methodologically rigorous, independent and high quality research, integrating theoretical and empirical analysis.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-Legal Studies)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
        * One compulsory subject (12.5 points)
        * One core methods subject (12.5 points)
        * Three elective subjects (37.5 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    191-517  Socio-Legal Studies Thesis
    Students undertaking the Socio-Legal Studies Thesis should demonstrate a clear understanding of a specific field of study at an advanced level. They should demonstrate clear thinking and an ability to integrate theory and method in a logical manner. ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    166-558  Social Science Research Seminar
    This subject is designed to develop research skills for students planning and writing research theses in the School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology. The subject explores contemporary research strategies, differing methodological appro...     Semester 1     12.50

    Core methods subjects
    Students must select one of the following subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    191-420  Qualitative Research Methods
    This subject forms an advanced overview of theories, methods and ethical issues in qualitative research. The subject will focus on the techniques of field studies, intensive interviewing, and case studies. Students will carry out small scale qualitat...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-554  Social Research Design and Evaluation
    This subject provides a critical and practical engagement with social research design and evaluation, in a range of societal contexts including, but not limited to, social policy. As such, it provides theoretical frameworks and research skills for an...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    191-435  Drugs and Justice
    This subject introduces students to a range of historical and contemporary issues surrounding the measurement of drug use and the popular and scientific construction of the health, crime and social consequences of drug use. The subject is concerned w...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-438  Texts and Violence
    Violence is an issue of great social, individual and cultural concern. This subject investigates some of the ways in which violence is represented, talked about, and interpreted. The subject focuses on two issues: how to interpret textual representat...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-440  The New Punitiveness?
    This subject focuses on the idea that since the 1970s there has been a rise in punitiveness right across the developed nations of the west. The subject asks students to identify and understand the different domains in which punitiveness might reside ...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-411  Australian Politics:Democracy & Justice
    This subject will investigate how Australian constitutional democracy has been structured and how it has defined and developed citizenship and protected human rights. To address these issues students will investigate questions such as, How was Austra...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-416  Justice, Democracy and Difference
    This subject provides a critical examination of contemporary debates about ideas of justice, democracy and the politics of difference. The subject critically explores both the major liberal approaches to justice alongside critiques of liberal approac...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-442  Rights and Public Policy
    This subject aims to assist students with the development of skills relevant in the policy-making process. This is carried out by familiarising students with legal and political developments within a variety of rights fields and by requiring them to ...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-520  Compliance, Regulation & Crime
    There is increasing public and political demand that harms and risks to people, the environment, financial systems, and the like, be reduced, if not eliminated altogether. Tighter regulation, including in some cases use of the criminal law, is often ...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-536  Criminology and Sociology Internship
    This subject is designed to provide students with hand-on research experience in the context of the everyday operations of a social or criminal justice or community-based agency. The internship takes place over two semesters and constitutes a structu...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    191-537  Genocide, State Crime and the Law     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    191-538  Law, Race and Indigenous Peoples
    This subject examines the historical underpinnings of the contemporary over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice systems of settler states (including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States of America, and South Africa)....     Semester 2     12.50

    166-418  Corruption in Today's World
    This subject focuses on definitions, types and theories of corruption, and on its political, social and economic effects in various parts of the world, particularly since the 1980s. The subject asks students to problematise the concept of corruption ...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-423  Organisations and Management
    This subject examines the modern public sector management function through a range of practical and theoretical perspectives. Focusing on placing public sector management into surrounding historical and quasi-ideological debates, the subject explores...     Semester 2     12.50

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