LAWS 2004 Criminal Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200010

Coordinator Meda Couzens Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to the basic principles of criminal law and criminal responsibility and the criminal justice process as located in its broader social and political context, including the impact of the criminal justice system on Indigenous Australians. Students will engage in collaborative class learning with a particular focus on legal problem solving and participate in a mock bail application.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Co-requisite(s) LAWS 1006 OR
LAWS 1003

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain legislation, legal principles and policy relevant to Australian criminal law;
  2. Analyse criminal law problems through application of statutory interpretation methods and relevant case law;
  3. Develop clear, logical and persuasive legal arguments, orally and in writing;
  4. Examine the impact of the criminal justice system on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Subject Content

1. Introduction to criminal justice
2. Principles of criminal responsibility ? capacity, actus reus and mens rea, temporal coincidence, burdens and standards of proof
3. Summary offences ? i.e. offensive language and conduct/anti-social behaviour
4. Murder/Manslaughter
5. Defences ? necessity, duress, self-defence, mental state of person
6. Assault
7. Property offences
8. Drug offences
9. Domestic Violence
10. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the criminal justice system

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Task 20 minutes and 750 words 30 N Individual
Practical: Bail Application 5 minutes 25 N Individual
End-of-session Exam 2000 words 45 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Howe, Sattler and Hood, Hayes and Eburn Criminal Law and Procedure in New South Wales 6th edition (LexisNexis, 6th edition, 2019)

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Campbelltown

Evening

Subject Contact Amira Aftab Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Subject Contact Amira Aftab Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

Subject Contact Amira Aftab Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Evening

Subject Contact Amira Aftab Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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