Criminal Law and Procedure G (11436.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Online
|| UC - Canberra, Online
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Law School||Graduate Level|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
The unit deals with the common law and statutory basis of criminal law, including codification, classification, voluntariness and the physical and fault elements of offences, criminal law defences, agency, participation and attempts. It also provides an understanding of criminal procedure including the burden and standard of proof as well as the role of discretion. Specific offence types studied include homicide, sexual, property, drug and regulatory offences.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify, explain and critically analyse the principles of criminal law in NSW and the ACT in its cultural, social and historical context;
2. Synthesise issues in criminal law administration such as the mental and physical elements of offences, the standard of proof, the trial process, specific offences, defences and sentencing;
3. Identify, critically interpret and apply common law and statutory sources to solve criminal law problems; and
4. Use legal research, problem-solving, writing and advocacy skills to critically interpret and apply principles of criminal law to solve complex legal problems.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
4. UC graduates are able to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing - use Indigenous histories and traditional ecological knowledge to develop and augment understanding of their discipline
This is a Priestley 11 unit required for professional admission as a legal practitioner. The curriculum requirements for each Priestley unit are set out in the LACC Model Admission Rules 2015.
Prerequisites11751 Legal Methods and Skills G AND 11752 Legal Systems G
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, Master of Legal Studies and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies courses.
Incompatible units11279 Criminal Law and Procedure
Equivalent units7481 Criminal Law and Procedure G
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 6||23 October 2023||Online||Dr Trevor O Ryan|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 6||21 October 2024||Online||Dr Trevor O Ryan|
John Anderson et al. Criminal Law Perspectives: From Principles to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Enhanced edition, 2021)
Lorraine Finlay and Tyrone Kirchengast, Criminal law in Australia (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2nd ed, 2020)
David Brown et al, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process in New South Wales (Federation Press, 7th ed, 2020)
Simon Bronitt & Bernadette McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2017)
Roderick N Howie & Peter A Johnson, Annotated Criminal Legislation in New South Wales 2018-2019 (Lexis Nexis)
Students are expected to engage with the materials and prepare for and participate in their allocated tutorials.
Required IT skills
Word processing and Canvas skills.
This unit may involve online sessions in real-time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real-time with your lecturer/tutor and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a camera and microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves simulation of a professional task - providing legal advice