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LA4010 - Advanced Criminal Law

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

This subject is designed for students seeking a deep understanding of the limitations of the criminal law as a form of social control and is particularly suited for students intending to practise in the field of criminal law. It explores theoretical and practical aspects of the criminal law and the criminal justice system and builds on the foundations laid in second year Criminal Law subject. Specific issues will include some of the following: Police powers and responsibilities; the criminal law reform agenda; fundamental concepts in the criminal law; indigenous issues relating to criminal law; mental condition defences in the criminal law; criminal procedure. The subject will be taught on a seminar basis and there is a heavy emphasis on self-directed student learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe some of the theories and concepts that underpin the criminal law and explain how those theories and concepts are given effect in different jurisdictions;
  • Critically analyse the criminal law and make recommendations for law reform;
  • Describe and critically analyse police powers;
  • Conduct advanced legal research;
  • Convey legal argument accurately and effectively in both written and oral form appropriate to the relevant context.
Prerequisites: (LA2017 or LA1005) and (LA2018 or LA1004)

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (10%); assignments (50%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mr Malcolm Barrett
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (10%); assignments (50%).

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.