LAW 121G Law and Society
LAW 121G | ARTS, BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One & Two 2023 | City Campus | 15 points
An introduction to theories of the nature, functions and origins of law and legal systems, including sources of law; comparative concepts of law; an overview of constitutional and legal arrangements in New Zealand, including the role of the courts; the operation of the legal system in historical and contemporary New Zealand with a focus on concepts of property rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty Settlements and proposals for constitutional change.
Note: Does not meet the General Education requirement for LLB, LLB(Hons), LLB conjoint or LLB(Hons) conjoint degrees.
Restriction: LAW 101
- Understand how the legal system in Aotearoa New Zealand works.
- Understand Maori worldviews and the place of te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi in the Aotearoa New Zealand legal system.
- Understand some of the historical, political and international forces that have shaped and influenced the Aotearoa New Zealand legal system.
- Critically assess the Aotearoa New Zealand legal system and offer informed opinions on how it operates, its strengths and its weaknesses.
- Provide well-founded thoughts and analysis on an array of contemporary and historic legal matters of significance to Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Identify, explain and evaluate possible future directions for the Aotearoa New Zealand constitution and legal system.
- Write coherent and well-reasoned essays.
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