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Law & Social Science

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW10022

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to provide students with basic and foundational knowledge regarding law and the social sciences as well as an understanding of the challenges and opportunities relating to the confluence of the two disciplines, including across areas such as jury decision-making, eyewitness testimony and expert evidence.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of legal principles with social science principles
  • Describe and evaluate the considerations that influence decision making by judges and jurors
  • Conduct research and use the results of that research to recommend solutions to impaired perception and decision making in the criminal law
  • Discuss the confluence of law and social science and the implications for the legal system.