Subject details

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the relevant statute and case law relating to criminal law; possess the skill of interpreting legislation; and use autonomy and personal responsibility to identify from that legislation the elements of the offence involved;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the nature and scope of the principles of criminal law eg, burden of proof, identification of actus reus and mens rea and general defences, and be competent in applying those principles to any given fact situation;
  3. use initiative and professional judgement to critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate the principles of criminal law to provide persuasive legal arguments and solutions to fact based problems and client scenarios; and
  4. demonstrate ethical and sustainable responsibilities in personal behaviour and communication skills, relating to criminal Law. 
    • Topics are available to enrolled students in the unit Moodle site.

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lecture and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
  • OtherDetails -

    It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their units.

    UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at: 

This unit introduces students to the substantive criminal law. After completing this unit, students will have the skills to identify the essential elements of an offence and apply the general principles of the criminal law.

Online Quiz: 500 words (approx). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-3 Written Assessment: 2000 words (approx). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-4 Open Book Examination: There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. This exam is coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. Exam Length: 2 hours 15 minutes. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-4 For more information about UNE examinations please go to: For more information about UNE online examinations please go to:

  • Written Assessment (40%%)
  • Online Quiz (10%%)
  • Open Book Examination (50%%)

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