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Law After Communism - JURD7532
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: LAWS1011, LAWS1011; Corequisite: LAWS2311
Equivalent: EURO2700, JURD2232, LAWS3232
Excluded: JURD2232, LAWS3232
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


When European communist states collapsed like a pack of cards, there was an explosion of euphoria in the region and around the world. Post-communism has turned out, however, to be a more complex, variable, and uncertain condition than was anticipated by many of those who greeted it with such enthusiasm.

This course will introduce students to the laboratory of social/political/legal change, which post-communist Europe has become. Students will learn of the nature and legacies of communism, and of the ambitions of the first post-communist reformers, and will be introduced to some of the characteristic features of the post-communist world, to some of its difficulties, problems, challenges and triumphs; and to similarities and differences among the developments in post-communist societies.

The course will discuss some of the major successes of post-communist countries and some of their major failures, and students will be encouraged to reflect on similarities and differences between post-communist realities and those of the society/ies which they know.

Recommended Prior Knowledge



Class participation - 20%
Research essay - 80%

Course Texts


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.


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