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Criminal Law

Undergraduate | UNE-LAW162 | 2024

Previously UNE-LAW161

Break into criminal law as you cover burden of proof, identification of actus reus and mens rea, relevant statute and case law. Learn to interpret legislation, identify elements of the offence, and ultimately give persuasive legal arguments.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Enrol by
13 Oct 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
16 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
21 Oct 2024

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Criminal Law

About this subject

  • Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

    1. distinguish substantive criminal law from procedural law, and demonstrate knowledge of selected elements of criminal procedure;
    2. demonstrate knowledge of the general principles and doctrines of criminal law including relevant statute and case law; 
    3. interpret criminal law legislation, and identify the elements of statutory offences; 
    4. critically analyse and consolidate the relevant criminal law to provide persuasive legal arguments and solutions to fact-based criminal law problems; and
    5. communicate knowledge and analytic skills using appropriate conventions of academic writing.

Entry requirements

Prior study

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).

Equivalent subjects

You won't be able to enrol into this subject if you've already successfully completed or currently enrolled in the following subject(s) as they are considered anti-requisites due to the similarity of the content.

  • UNE-LAW161 (Not currently available)


To enrol in this subject you will need to pass UNE-LAW100 and UNE-LSU100 subjects. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not receive a satisfactory result for UNE-LAW100 and UNE-LSU100.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - 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).
  • Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements:
  • Other requirements -

    Textbook requirements:
    Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
    Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
    Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Laws (4 Years)

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Bachelor of Laws (3 Years)

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Bachelor of Criminology

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