Law and Social Science

LAW10022 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020.  

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20

Aims and objectives

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