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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Most people charged with a criminal offence are sentenced, which involves the loss of individual liberty, a fundamental right of our society. This subject examines the law and practice of sentencing in Victoria. The substantive law of sentencing is examined, the theoretical bases of sentencing are critically evaluated and the relationship between political processes, policy and legislation is explored. Students attend lecture seminars on campus and go on a field trip to an institution involved in sentencing, such as a prison.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Walsh

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesField trips, oral presentation, written assignment

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in subject is by an application process.LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL or LCR1ALS and LCR1CLC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Victorian Sentencing Manual

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed




PublisherJudicial College of Victoria


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of Victorian sentencing law and procedure
02. Critically evaluate sentencing law, policy and practice in Victoria and suggest appropriate reform
03. Apply relevant research skills
04. Demonstrate the capacity to create and present a persuasive oral argument

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