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Criminal Law and Procedure
Learn how the actions of people lead them to prosecution. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of the trial process. Take part in a simulated role play where you’ll deliver a bail application. Write a legal advice letter.
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- 06 Apr 2020
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By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:
- Apply the process of establishing guilt in a given factual situation with particular reference to the elements of an offence and the onus and burden of proof.
- Analyse the essential elements of a particular offence, focusing on issues of proof and criminal responsibility.
- Discuss the scope and reach of the modern criminal law in Australia and other common law jurisdictions by reviewing some areas of criminal activity.
- Express understanding of the criminal trial process by reviewing the major milestones in a criminal investigation and prosecution, and the roles played by the police, prosecution and defence counsel.
- Theory of Criminal Law
- Elements of the Offence
- Offences Against the Person
- Offences of Dishonesty
- General Defences: Self-Defence, Duress and Necessity
- Mental Incompetence and Intoxication
- Attempts, Accessories and Joint Enterprise Liability
- Pre-trial Processes: Arrest, Search and Bail
- Trial Processes: Classification of Offences, Trial on Indictment, Summary Proceedings
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
No special requirements
Explore criminal law and the way it is put into practice by police, legal practitioners and courts. Gain an understanding of how certain conduct is criminalised and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal trial process.
Your learning simulates real-world practice. Build your advocacy and communication skills in a simulated role play where you’ll deliver a bail application – a scenario that takes place daily in the Magistrates’ Courts. You’ll also learn to write a legal advice letter to an accused client and will research a related legal issue associated with court practices and procedures.
UniSA Online’s 10-week short courses give you the flexibility to upskill in a certain area, stay current with developments in your field, diversify your knowledge, or even explore a new direction in your career – without having to commit to the time and cost of a full university degree.
Delivered 100% online, you’ll be able to study where and when it suits you. Access online academic and student support seven days a week, fit study around work and life commitments, view learning resources 24/7, and log in to the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
This is a first-year course from UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.
- Case Study (50%)
- Examination (50%)
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