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LAWS13-571: Advanced Criminal Law January 2020 [Standard]

General information

Advanced Criminal Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject aims to extend students’ understanding of the practice, principles and policies that shape legislative, practitioner and judicial approaches to criminal law. Students will examine advanced criminal law topics that are vital to the practice of criminal law and present specific challenges. The subject is designed to also consider emerging issues in criminal justice. It has a comparative focus, detailing approaches of various Australian and foreign jurisdictions. It provides an opportunity for students to engage in a significant self-directed research project that will allow students to think critically about criminal law. Further, students will experience carriage of a criminal law file from first contact with the client, ongoing communication with the client, submissions to the other side, filings and various appearances in court.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS13-571
Subject title:Advanced Criminal Law
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly Seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate (a) A coherent and advanced knowledge of the theories of crime and punishment and alternative approaches to justice, with specific knowledge as they relate to particular groups of ‘offenders’; (b) A broad understanding of specialist areas related to criminal law, such as youth justice, mental incapacity, culturally diverse and indigenous persons, prison law, and contemporary issues in criminal justice, with advanced understanding in some areas; and (c) The technical skills to conduct legal research.
  2. Demonstrate competency in exercising the following professional legal skills, including an ability to execute a capstone experience by: (a) Implementing legal research skills; (b) Consolidating, analysing and synthesising knowledge relevant to criminal law (including some of the specialist areas), procedure and evidence; (c) Exercising judgment in providing solutions to complex criminal law problems; and (d) Communicating to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to clients, opposing practitioners, other stakeholders, and the judiciary, including by conducting effective and respectful client interviews, effective oral advocacy and engaging in effective written communication.
  3. Demonstrate competency in exercising the following professional legal skills, including an ability to plan and execute a research project by (a) Implementing legal research skills; (b) Critically analysing, consolidating and synthesising knowledge of the theories of crime and punishment and/or alternative approaches to justice in comparative contexts; (c) Adapting knowledge in a diverse context of a specialist area of criminal law to develop new understanding; and (d) Communicating to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to other scholars.
  4. Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, including a commitment to learning and working: (a) Autonomously, with initiative and judgment in diverse contexts; and (b) ethically and responsibly.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Attendance Weekly attendance at seminars 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
*Client Briefing Client Interview 20% Week 7 2, 3, 4.
Moot Advocacy (e.g, Bail Application) 20% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay Essay - Due Monday Week 13 50% Week 13 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Advanced Criminal Law will be co-taught in 201 please see details of additional educator: Assistant Professor Elizabeth Greene | +61 7 5595 4076 | [email protected] | Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.

Subject curriculum

The fundamental principles of criminal law and procedure will be canvassed.

We consider topical issues in criminal justice such as domestic violence, organized crime groups/public order, law reform, terrorism, sex offenders, preventative detention and stalking/cybercrime.

We will examine police powers in Queensland with extensive reference to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, as well as case law.

We will identify the various stages of a criminal matter and explore the different Courts in which a matter may be heard/finalized.

We will explore Bail in criminal proceedings and learn more about bail applications in court. There will be extensive reference to the Bail Act 1980.

We consider some of the practical and procedural issues of representing persons in court. We will also explore issues relating to mental incapacity, fitness to plead, and ethical conundrums.

This topic will involve consideration of prisons and parole. We explore the rights of the convicted and issues of procedural justice.

This topic considers the procedural mechanisms to appeal against a conviction and/or sentence. It will examine content relating to miscarriages of justice.

Approved on: Nov 7, 2019. Edition: 1.2
Last updated: Aug 21, 2020.