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MLL114 - Criminal Law

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2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:

MLL214

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Antje Kreutzmann-Gallasch
Trimester 2: Antje Kreutzmann-Gallasch
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Students enrolled before 2020: MLL110
Students commencing from 2019: MLL110 and MLL113

Incompatible with: MLL214, MLP233
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 hour)  + 1.5 hour large group interactive learning experience + 1.5 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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

Content

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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

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

ULO2

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

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO3

At the completion of this Unit, successful students can identify the relevant principles of criminal liability, and analyse its application to a given scenario

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO4

Develop an action plan that demonstrates a systematic approach to tackling one or more problems set in a legal context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Written Assignment Action Plan 1000 10% Week 3
Assessment 2: Written Assignment (Problem Question) 2000-3000 words 35% Week 7
Examination 2 hours 55% Exam period

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.

Learning Resource

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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