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LAWS77-805: Law and Social Justice: Supporting Capacity and Capability


Law and Social Justice: Supporting Capacity and Capability is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject examines and evaluates how the law can best achieve the goals of social justice for people with disability in Australia.  A particular focus is the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act introduced in 2013 in response to Australia’s obligations to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Scheme supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.  Significantly, the Scheme has created new business opportunities, start-up companies and growth of providers in an open marketplace.

Subject details

Code: LAWS77-805
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically analyse contemporary Australian approaches to disability legislation
  2. Define key principles in various disability legislation and case law
  3. Collaborate with others in various contexts whilst providing input on social justice and disability law.
  4. Draft a cohesive research report examining case law and relevant legislation.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • 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.

Students must be admitted into a Masters Law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange 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.