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LA4010 - Advanced Criminal Law

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

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

  • Provide students with a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the criminal law;
  • Examine critically the operation of key aspects of the criminal justice system.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information.
Prerequisites: (LA2017 or LA1005) and (LA2018 or LA1004)

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (10%); assignments (50%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
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.