law3clp criminal law policy and reform




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Criminal Law Policy and Reform provides law students with the opportunity to explore cutting-edge policy and law reform issues in the area of criminal law. Good lawyers do not merely know what the law is and how to apply it to facts; they also understand how and why the law changes and are able to help shape legal change. This subject is designed to develop students' understanding and skills in these respects. Students critically examine a range of topics in criminal law in which policy debates and/or law reform efforts have recently featured, such as hate crimes,cyberbullying, drug law reform, euthanasia, and terrorism, among others.Assessment tasks are modelled on real world examples of policy development and law reform documents.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious online legal and academic materialsPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. By the end of this subject, students will be able to create academic work that shows an ability to follow instructions that maintains academic integrity.

Writing assignments will require an ability to understand and follow set requirements.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)

02. By the end of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the debates and processes involved in criminal law policy development and law reform.

Tutorial sessions- students will be discussing policy issues around current topics in criminal law. Writing assignments will require students to write realistic documents similar to what lawyers, advocates, government policy officers and advisors produce
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

03. By the end of this subject, students will be able to write assignments that analyse and critique criminal law policy using well-developed legal research skills.

Tutorial sessions- students will be using their legal research skills i.e. local relevant materials, textual analysis and interpretation and legal argumentation, to write answers to the questions posed. Writing assignment will require independent legal research to locate relevant sources and materials
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Information Literacy(Information Literacy)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Analytical assignment - 450 words1001, 02, 03
Research assignment - 2700 words6001, 02, 03
Take-home examination - 1350 words3001, 02, 03