1 x 10-hour on-line exercises weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into JD-Juris Doctor
1a Admission into GCLA-Graduate Certificate in Laws
1b Admission into GDPLA-Graduate Diploma in Laws
2 ^ LLAW9601 - The Australian Legal System
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b) and 2)
Assignment(s), Examination(s), Test(s), Oral
Topic description
This topic will provide an introduction to definitions of crime, the elements of criminal offences and the aims of the criminal law. It provides a selective treatment of the elements of criminal procedure as well as a range of selected offences, that include assault, homicide and defences, offences of strict and absolute liability, property offences, sexual offences and other such topics that may include attempts, complicity and fraud.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • provide a clear and structured understanding of central concepts and doctrines in criminal law
  • generate a context in which students can reach a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the operation of the criminal law in social contexts
  • provide a structured environment in which students can acquire and strengthen skills in collaboration, the construction and communication of written and oral argument, legal research, statutory construction, case reading and the application of legal rules to practical situations
  • meet the Priestley admission requirements as they relate to criminal law by ensuring the teaching and assessment of student understanding of the required range of doctrines and concepts
Expected learning outcomes
It is expected that as a result of work in this topic, students will:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of criminal law (including offences against the person and offenses against property), various defences and elements of criminal procedure;

  2. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) understand approaches to ethical decision making;

    (b) recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts;

    (c) recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community; and

    (d) exercise professional judgment, in the context of criminal law;

  3. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) identify and articulate complex legal issues;

    (b) apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to legal issues;

    (c) engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives; and

    (d) demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses, in the context of criminal law;

  4. demonstrate intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions, as well as to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues in the context of criminal law;

  5. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and

    (b) collaborate effectively, in the context of criminal law;

  6. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) learn and work with a high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism; and

    (b) reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.