CRIMINAL LAW, ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

LCR3ETA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines ethical issues in criminal law and its institutions, and raises the questions of to whom accountability is due and what mechanisms there are for accountability. The intersection between criminal law, ethics and accountability is examined through a number of case studies such as wrongful convictions, the treatment of children detained in detention centres, and police and lawyers on the wrong side of law. After completing this course, students will have gained knowledge on the mechanisms of accountability within institutions of criminal law as well be able to critically assess ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practices of criminal law.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of accountability mechanisms within institutions of criminal law

Activities:
Tutorials, assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Identify ethical dilemmas involved in practices of criminal law and analyse various responses

Activities:
Tutorial, assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate an ability to critically assess ethical dilemmas and show appropriate cultural and ethical awareness of stakes involved

Activities:
Tutorials, assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

04. Produce a piece of writing that demonstrates understanding of scholarly and public debates on the ethical dilemmas relevant in criminal and the available accountability mechanisms.

Activities:
Assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
On Line Quizzes (500 word equivalent)10 01, 02
Mid-semester assessment (1000 word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04
End of semester assessment (2500 word equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04