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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 reform and the role of lawyers in the context of contemporary global challenges and opportunities. Students will develop their ‘critical consciousness’ by exploring the legal mindset, drawing upon behavioural sciences and empirical data that fundamentally challenge the assumptions of rational decision making, value-free judgement or objective law, and explore the dominant global economic ideologies that have informed law’s design and effect. Students will evaluate what role law should play in an age of populism, authoritarianism, climate crisis, increasing inequality and digital disruption. The second half of the subject will consider how the law can be reformed to address these challenges. Students will develop an informed, principled method of evaluating law from different perspectives, and develop the skills to negotiate, design and advise on the laws needed now and for the future.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

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.

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 dates

Future offerings not yet planned.