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LA2017 - Principles of Criminal Law A

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

The aim of this subject is to explore the Queensland criminal law and criminal justice system. Specifically the subject will focus on: principles of criminal responsibility; the aims of the criminal law; criminal procedure (including the classification of offences, jurisdiction, summary and indictable trials and the onus and standard of proof); homicide; causation; partial defences; non-fatal offences against the person and related defences. The subject provides students with the opportunity to: 1. Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant statutory based offences, excuses and defences and the approach of the courts to their interpretation; 2. Develop a general knowledge and understanding of some of the theories and concepts that underpin the criminal law; 3. Develop legal problem solving skills through the research and application of primary and secondary criminal law resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe some of the theories and concepts that underpin the Queensland criminal law;
  • Explain the principles and rules relevant to particular areas of the criminal law in Queensland, including homicide offences, non- fatal offences against the person and related defences and excuses;
  • Identify criminal law issues in legal problems and explain, with reference to primary and secondary sources, the law that would apply in determining criminal responsibility;
  • Explain and identify the relevant legal setting where the problem would be addressed and procedure that would be followed;
  • Convey legal argument accurately and effectively in both written and oral form appropriate to the relevant context.
Prerequisites: (LA1101 and LA1102) or LA1007
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
LA1005

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 22-Mar-2018
Coord/Lect: Mr Luke Neal, Mr Malcolm Barrett.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
    Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (30%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
    Census Date 22-Mar-2018
    Coordinator: Mr Luke Neal, Mr Malcolm Barrett
    Lecturers: Mr Peter Boulot, Mr Malcolm Barrett.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 12 hours tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (30%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.