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Unit description

Provides students with an introduction to the principles of criminal law which includes a discussion of the application of these principles in respect of major crimes, and the procedures with which these crimes are prosecuted and defended.

Unit content

  1. What is crime and the administration of criminal proceedings?
  2. Initiation of criminal proceedings
  3. Detention after arrest, police questioning, bail and legal aid
  4. The trial, committals and charge negotiations
  5. Sentencing and appeals
  6. Principles of criminal liability
  7. Assault
  8. Property offences
  9. Public order offences
  10. Defences I
  11. Defences II

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of general principles of criminal responsibility.Knowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate a working knowledge of the process by which charges are brought before the criminal courts and identify the personnel and agencies in the criminal process.Knowledge of a discipline
3apply legal problem solving methodology to resolve legal problems and justify a conclusion.Creativity
4learn and work independently within broad parameters.Lifelong learning
5analyse and report on legal issues in practice.CreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6identify the uses and limitations of criminal law in society.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of general principles of criminal responsibility.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of the process by which charges are brought before the criminal courts and identify the personnel and agencies in the criminal process.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply legal problem solving methodology to resolve legal problems and justify a conclusion.
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. learn and work independently within broad parameters.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. analyse and report on legal issues in practice.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. identify the uses and limitations of criminal law in society.
    • Not applicable

Prescribed texts

  • Devereux, J & Blake, M, 2016, Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia, 9th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409339796.
  • Howie, R, Sattler, P & Hood, M, 2019, Criminal Law and Procedure in NSW, 6th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409350265.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report50%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report50%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report50%
Exam: open book50%
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Fee information

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