Criminal Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Problem solving (30%) , Online Discussion - Disc. forum 1 & 2 (10% each) (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit is an examination of the principles and elements of the criminal law. The unit examines the requirements for criminal liabiliity, the offences of homicide and assault, sexual offences, property offences, the law of attempts and complicity in crime, criminal defences and procedural aspects of the criminal law. Students will develop an appreciation of the substantive criminal law and procedural aspects such as classification of offences, process to compel appearance, bail, preliminary examination and trial of indictable offences.

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the criminal law and procedure
  2. critically evaluate the criminal law as well as the institutions that create, administer and interpret the law and identify areas of reform
  3. analyse complex problems relating to the criminal law and procedure to generate appropriate responses.
  • Assessment — Problem solving (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Disc. forum 1 & 2 (10% each) (20%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Criminal Law and Classification of Offences
2Process to Compel Appearance, Preliminary Examination and Trial of Indictable Offences
3Bail including a bail simulation
4Homicide. Part 1 - Murder
5Homicide. Part 2 - Manslaughter
7Sexual Assault
9Statutory Theft
10Other Property Offences

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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