PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW

LAW5PCL

2021

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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesExaminations and law reform submission; presentations during workshops

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMJD.

Co-requisitesLAW5PMI

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Readings

Victorian Criminal Charge Book

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AuthorJudicial College of Victoria

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Various cases and statutes

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Various academic journal articles

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 4.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 4.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Problem Solving Exercise (1500 words) Students will write a legal advice in response to a given fictional scenario, in which they assess a client's legal position. Individual assessment

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2

Examination (3000 words equivalent) Students will write a legal advice in response to a given fictional scenario, in which they assess a client's legal position. Students will also answer a critical and/or policy question about a particular area of the criminal law. Individual assessment

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2

Law Reform Submission (1500 words) Students will write a law reform submission, in which they critically assess a policy or law reform issue and argue for a specific recommended resolution to that issue. Individual assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO3