Provides the student with an understanding of the principles of substantive Australian criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the application of these principles in respect of major crimes and defences, as well as the doctrines of complicity and inchoate criminal liability.
Part 1 - Introduction
Topic 1 General principles of criminal responsibility (includes issues concerning strict liability and mistake)
Part 2 - Offences
Topic 2 Unlawful killing (murder and manslaughter)
Topic 3 (Non sexual) offences against the person
Topic 4 Sexual offences
Topic 5 Property offences
Topic 6 Recent (serious) federal offences
Part 3 - Defences
Topic 7 Mental state defences (insanity, automatism and intoxication)
Topic 8 Partial defences (provocation and diminished responsibility)
Topic 9 Necessity-based defences (self-defence, duress and necessity)
Part 4 - Extending criminal responsibility
Topic 10 Complicity
Topic 11 Inchoate offences (attempt, conspiracy and incitement)
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the major principles of criminal responsibility||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Critically evaluate police, prosecutorial, judicial and legislative decision-making in relation to substantive criminal law||Creativity|
|3||Recognise and analyse the general principles of criminal law theory and describe how power structures in society are reproduced in the criminal law and criminal justice system||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Identify the definitions of the major crimes and defences found in Australian criminal law (including selected major recent offences under Federal law) and analyse the key substantive criminal law issues raised||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Describe and critically evaluate how criminal liability is expanded through the doctrines of complicity in crime and inchoate offences||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Identify, apply and analyse primary and secondary sources of substantive criminal law, including internet resources, reports and visual media.||Creativity|
|7||Demonstrate analytical and written skills in the presentation of research and argument in the field of substantive criminal law||Intellectual rigour|
- Bronitt, S & McSherry, B, 2010, Principles of Criminal Law, 3rd edn, Lawbook Co., Sydney. ISBN: 9780455226125.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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