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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWriting assignments will require an ability to understand and follow set requirements.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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

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. 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.
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.
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Analytical assignment - 450 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Research assignment - 2700 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Take-home examination - 1350 words

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3