Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the theories, practices and procedures of coronial law and forensic medicine in Australia. It will investigate the distinctive roles played by the coroner, forensic pathologist, police officer and medical practitioner during the death investigation process. It will also analyse how coronial institutions can be reformed to produce optimal outcomes for society. Students may explore topics such as coronial architecture and mortuary spaces, the relationship between post-mortem examinations and organ donation and coronial inquests on deaths in custody.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesOnline Group Exercises,Take Home Exam, Research Essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLCR1ALS OR LAW1LIM


Incompatible subjectsLAW2DDL

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. Evaluate legal and policy problems using appropriate doctrine in coronial law, forensic medicine and/or academic scholarship
02. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the operation and reform of coronial law and forensic medicine
03. Critically analyse historical, social, ethical, religious and cultural implications of coronial law and forensic medicine

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