Criminal Law and Procedure (7025.5)
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|Canberra Law School||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| 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)
Learning outcomesUpon satisfactory completion of this unit, students will understand and be able to apply the principles of the criminal law as practised in the ACT and NSW. Students will develop further the skills of legalreasoning and analysis, advocacy, legal research and writing, problem solving and critique
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
PrerequisitesEntry to the LLB program or Social Science in Justice Studies program.
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David Brown et al, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process in New South Wales (Federation Press, 6th ed, 2015).
Students also need to access copies of legislation (available online), including the following:
- Crimes Act 1900 (ACT)
- Criminal Code 2002 (ACT)
- Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)
- Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)
John Anderson, Criminal Law Guidebook (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2016)¿
Thalia Anthony et al, Waller & Williams: Criminal Law Text and Cases (LexisNexus,12th ed, 2013)
Kenneth Arenson, Mirko Bagaric and Peter Gillies, Australian Criminal law in the Common Law Jurisdictions (Oxford University Press, 4th ed, 2016)
Mirko Bagaric, Ross on Crime (Thomson Reuters, 7th ed, 2016)
Simon Bronitt and Bernadette McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (Thomson Reuters, 3rd ed, 2010)
Penny Crofts, Criminal Law Elements (LexisNexus, 5th ed, 2014)
Mark Findlay, Criminal Law: Problems in Context (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2006)
Mark Findlay, Stephen Odgers and Stanley Yeo, Australian Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 5th ed, 2014)
Jeremy Gans, Modern Criminal Law of Australia (Cambridge University Press, 1st ed, 2011)
Donna Spears, Julia Quilter and Clive Harfield, Criminal Law for Common Law States (Butterworths, 1st ed, 2011)
Donna Spears and Thomas Hickie, Butterworths Q&A: Criminal Law for Common Law States (Butterworths, 1st ed, 2009)
Note: Students will find it helpful to keep up to date on current affairs related to the criminal law – newspapers, Internet news sites, television etc. An awareness of relevant current events should prove beneficial both in terms of enhancing your learning in the unit and completing the assessment items.
Students may also wish to register to receive the following alert services to get an idea of developments in relation to the criminal justice system:
- Crimnet - CrimNet is an electronic criminal justice information network run by the Institute of Criminology at Sydney University. To join crimnet go to: http://www.law.usyd.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/crimnet
- JV Barry Library at the Australian Institute of Criminology. JV Barry Library current awareness alerts is an e-mail alert service showing a selection of new key reports, books, journal articles and websites on a range of criminology topics. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.aic.gov.au/en/library/alerts.aspx
Inclusion and engagement
Note: The final mark is determined by the aggregate number of marks achieved in the semester in all assessment items. You must submit all assessment items and obtain an overall total score of at least 50% in order to pass this subject. It is not necessary that students pass each individual item of assessment but each piece of assessment must be completed.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Where required, further details of items mentioned in this unit outline will be supplied via the Moodle site for this unit. Notices given in class or via Moodle will be deemed to be given to the whole class.
- Every effort will be made for lectures to be recorded, but this may not always be practicable.
- Your learning in this unit is supported by Moodle. Your use of Moodle can be monitored and reported to the unit convener.
- Where provided, students may communicate with other students via a Moodle resource set up for the unit for reasonable purposes related to enrolment in this unit only.
- Some of the issues covered in this course may be distressing for some people. All students are expected to deal with sensitive issues in a considerate and respectful manner. Please raise any general concerns you may have with the unit convener. Any student experiencing distress should consider seeking counselling or other support. For assistance see http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling. For information on health and wellbeing at UC there is a free online program that you are welcome to make use of calling ‘the desk' see http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling/the-desk
- Breaches of University policy including in relation to posting or sending offensive material will be reported for disciplinary action. See: Network Access and Use - Responsibilities and Obligations at https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=3195.