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LAWS13-122: Law Reform and Critical Consciousness


Law Reform and Critical Consciousness is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This introductory level interdisciplinary subject critically evaluates law and the role of lawyers in the context of our contemporary global challenges and opportunities. Students will explore and critique the nature of the legal mindset and the dominant networks and norms that inform law’s current logic and values. 
The subject assesses notions of rationality, objectivity, sustainability and equity in law and development by drawing upon insights from modern behavioural economics, social studies and data/fact-checks. Students will engage in case studies on the applied law reform methods of legal practitioners, public officials, business and NGO agents, scientists, think-tank advisors, advocates and everyday citizens. Adopting best-practice with a diverse stakeholder and inter-disciplinary perspective, students will ultimately develop an informed, practical and principled skill set for effecting law reform. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Develop an informed, global, critical consciousness of law, its design and its effect 2. Employ critical legal literacy, data analysis and advanced development metrics to evaluate law 3. Apply an empathetic, sustainable, multimodal approach to law reform

Enrolment requirements

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start19/09/2022
Subject start19/09/2022
Cancellation 1?01/10/2022
Cancellation 2?04/10/2022
Last enrolment29/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?12/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?27/10/2022
Teaching census?11/10/2022