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As a first year student with not a lot of prior knowledge about criminology, I found this unit to be really interesting and informative in regards to the Australian Legal System. Pretty easy to achieve high marks if you attend the tutorial and participate in class discussion, also helps if you attend the lecture each week as the mic is muted on important things plus the lecturer has a way of keeping you interested and engaged for the time that you are there. Very enjoyable unit overall.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

The assigned text is biased trash but the lecturer is much more even-handed and the tutors were helpful and capable of considering a range of viewpoints

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

I found this unit to be highly interesting, and it exceeded my expectations. Although it is more 'society' than 'law' in regards to being a Law & Society core unit, it was still extremely valuable in examining societal attitudes and interactions with crime and the law. Mark Israel is a fantastic lecturer who is passionate about criminology, it was easily my favourite lecture of the week. All information is readily available on LMS and I had no issues at all. 5/5 unit

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Brilliant Unit, would recommend going to as many lectures as you can, the lecturer is fantastic and they're extremely helpful for the assessments. This unit convinced me to pick up Law & Society as a second major

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Despite the obvious enthusiasm for the course displayed and excellent lectures delivered by Professor Mark Israel (also a co-author of the textbook), I found LAWS1110 rather underwhelming both as a unit in general and as a unit within the context of the "Law and Society" major, which I had considered (and subsequently dismissed) as an option for my major. I did, however, suffer from a tutor who, despite working in criminal law herself, seemed at times to have little knowledge of the course's content and was unable to drive discussion in class or provide decent feedback on essays. The unit is first and foremost a criminology course, and both the unit and the Law and Society major seem to have strong a strong social justice focus, and rarely seem to examine underlying biases in material presented. I found it rather disconcerting having a criminology course (rather than, say, a philosophy of law or legal principles unit) as the first unit of a law major sequence, though this was perhaps my own fault in not examining the unit closely before I selected it. The final exam is open-book, which perhaps limits its usefulness as a measure of student performance and comprehension. LAWS1110 had one weekly two-hour lecture in Semester One, 2013, held at 9:00 am Thursday mornings. This put quite a few students (myself included) off attending, given the lectures' location in the Business School necessitates a 15-minute walk from the main entrance on Stirling Highway. This is, of course, unlikely to be replicated exactly in future years, but is still worth considering.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2013
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