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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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1differentiate between legalisation, decriminalisation, regulation and prohibition
2evaluate legislation that regulates, restricts and prohibits drug use
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 profits
4apply knowledge of the law in topics covered by the unit to advise parties of their rights and liabilities in hypothetical problem and dispute situations
5identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics
6develop high levels of analytical skills in the reading of cases, statutes and legal documentation relating to drug law.

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

  1. differentiate between legalisation, decriminalisation, regulation and prohibition
  2. evaluate legislation that regulates, restricts and prohibits drug use
  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
  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
  5. identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics
  6. develop high levels of analytical skills in the reading of cases, statutes and legal documentation relating to drug law.

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

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