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Criminal Justice (11256.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit is concerned with the role of criminal law in the regulation of social order and the administration of the criminal justice sector. It provides an introductory understanding of criminal law and criminal processes. Students will gain a basic understanding of the principles of criminal law, including the principles of criminal responsibility and the processes used to prosecute a criminal charge and the criminal justice system actors involved. Students will gain an awareness of the most common criminal law problems and how criminal cases are processed. The unit will discuss the intersection of criminal law with civil law remedies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe and interpret the scope, nature and content of criminal law in the Australian legal system;

2. Identify and apply the basic principles of the criminal law;

3. Explain and anaylse the role that the criminal law plays in social regulation;

4. Describe and interpret the roles played by justice sector actors in administering the criminal justice system; and

5. Identify and analyse the different pathways that exist for the disposal of criminal cases.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on campus per week.


11251 Foundations of Law and Justice



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

9015 Criminal Process

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