PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW

LAW5PCL

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Principles of Criminal Law introduces students to a range of criminal offences and the legal principles and policies that underlie them. The subject begins with an examination of the aims and sources of criminal law and the nature and elements of criminal offences. Students then examine particular offences under Victorian law, such as murder, assault and related offences, sexual offences, property offences, and strict liability. There will also be selective comparative examination of federal criminal laws. Students will develop skills in writing legal advices (involving applying the law to new factual scenarios), analysing current issues in criminal law, and arguing for policy recommendations for law reform.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW5PMI

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW1CRL, LAW3CRM, LAW2CRM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to Juris Doctor degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVictorian Criminal Charge BookPrescribedJudicial College of VictoriaJCV
ReadingsVarious cases and statutesPrescribedvariousvarious
ReadingsVarious academic journal articlesPrescribedvariousvarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and analytical skills regarding the conceptual framework and doctrinal principles of criminal law operating in Victoria.

Activities:
Examinations and law reform submission; presentations during workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in effectively researching, analysing and applying case law and legislation to factual scenarios in order to advise a client as to their legal liabilities.

Activities:
Examinations; presentations during workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Formulate and articulate innovative arguments regarding policy and law reform issues in the criminal law.

Activities:
Law reform submission; presentations during workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 4.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1500 word take-home examination (client advice) - mid-semester20 01, 02
3 hour examination (client advice and legal analysis) - end of semester50 01, 02
2000 word assignment (law reform submission) - end of semesterTopics will be subject of practical exercises30 01, 03