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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.

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
1differentiate between legalisation, decriminalisation, regulation and prohibitionKnowledge of a discipline
2evaluate legislation that regulates, restricts and prohibits drug useKnowledge of a discipline
3discuss and analyse the criminal procedure aspects of drug offences, including the theory and practice of police investigative powers, bail applications, admissibility of evidence, sentencing and confiscation of profitsKnowledge of a discipline
4apply knowledge of the law in topics covered by the unit to advise parties of their rights and liabilities in hypothetical problem and dispute situationsCreativity
5identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topicsCreativity
6develop high levels of analytical skills in the reading of cases, statutes and legal documentation relating to drug law.Lifelong learning

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

  1. differentiate between legalisation, decriminalisation, regulation and prohibition
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. evaluate legislation that regulates, restricts and prohibits drug use
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. discuss and analyse the criminal procedure aspects of drug offences, including the theory and practice of police investigative powers, bail applications, admissibility of evidence, sentencing and confiscation of profits
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply knowledge of the law in topics covered by the unit to advise parties of their rights and liabilities in hypothetical problem and dispute situations
    • GA2: Creativity
  5. identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics
    • GA2: Creativity
  6. develop high levels of analytical skills in the reading of cases, statutes and legal documentation relating to drug law.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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