Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Considers the drug laws and their application in the legal system, with emphasis on legal, illegal and prescription drugs. Students will first look at the history of drug laws in Australia and compare these to developments internationally. Students will then study the current laws in terms of the principal offences of possession, cultivation/manufacture, self-administration, importation, prescription offences and supply. This provides the platform for analysis of the way the law is currently operating, and the options for change in the future. Relevant to those studying law, sports science, health science and welfare disciplines.

Unit content

Topic 1: What are drugs?
Topic 2: Why do people use drugs?
Topic 3: Strategies, policies and drug laws
Topic 4: Drug law options
Topic 5: Offences I — summary offences and drug premises
Topic 6: Offences II — indictable offences
Topic 7: Offences III — Commonwealth and miscellaneous offences
Topic 8: Investigation
Topic 9: Detention after arrest, police questioning, bail and diversionary schemes
Topic 10: The trial, intoxication as a defence, admissions, and charge negotiations
Topic 11: Sentencing and confiscation

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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