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LAWS13-571: Advanced Criminal Law


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

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.

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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020