2021 unit information
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Last updated: 4 June 2021
For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only
Students enrolled before 2020: MLL110Students commencing from 2019: MLL110 and MLL113
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 hour) + 1.5 hour large group interactive learning experience + 1.5 hour seminar per week
Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 hour) + 1.5 hour large group interactive learning experience (live streamed and recording provided)+ 1.5 hour online seminar (live streamed and recording provided) per week
The unit aims to introduce students to the basic principles of criminal law and current theories concerning the nature and purpose of criminal liability and punishment. Students will also be required to examine the principal criminal offences and the defences to those offences. Topics include: definition of crime; nature and purpose of the criminal law; the role and utility of criminal law and punishment; elements of criminal liability; participants in criminal activity; attempt, homicide and other offences against the person; property offences; and defences to liability.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can identify and describe criminal offences (offences against the person, property offences, inchoate offences and the doctrine of complicity), criminal defences, and distinguish them from one another
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can explain the relationship between statutory law and the common law of Victoria as it concerns criminal offences and defences
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can identify the relevant principles of criminal liability, and analyse its application to a given scenario
GLO4: Critical thinking
Develop an action plan that demonstrates a systematic approach to tackling one or more problems set in a legal context
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL114 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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