MLP703 - Criminal Law and Policy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in M729


Corequisite: MLJ701
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and asynchronous collaborative learning up to a maximum of 2.5 hours each week which includes lecture pre-recordings and 1 x 1.5 hour online  seminar (recordings provided) each week 


This unit examines criminal law within its social and historical context, exploring how different conceptions of agency and autonomy have influenced constructions of criminal responsibility as well as the elements of various criminal offences. A number of different offences are covered, and attention also is directed at alternative conceptions of these offences (what the law might be, particularly as addressed in contemporary law reform initiatives) as well as what the law currently is. Each topic is considered through an exposition of relevant principles or elements, followed by in-depth discussion of particularly significant law reform initiatives, policy debates and/or historical development.

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