MLL114 - Criminal Law


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

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




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

Incompatible with: MLL214, MLP233
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)

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


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for NIKERI students only


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.

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