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Advanced Criminal Law (LLB340)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description This unit will investigate the framework of criminal law, the influences on criminal law, the principles underlying criminal law, the basis for criminalising conduct and the mechanisms by which the criminal law measures harm and culpability and assigns responsibility. Students will learn to critically analyse the criminal law and its operation through the study of traditional and contemporary areas of criminalisation (such as assault causing death offences, mercy killing, abolition or reform of provocation, sexting, sex work, sexuality).
Unit Learning Outcomes The broad aims of this unit are:

1. to supplement the legal knowledge provided in LLB130 Criminal Law and Procedure;
2. to foster critical analysis of the law and its application;
3. to enhance appreciation of the policy factors that influence the rules and their implications;
4. to evaluate approaches to crime with a view to principles of justice and issues of reform

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. describe the structural framework within which criminal law operates;
2. discuss the historical, social, political and economic context in which criminal law operates
3. identify and evaluate the reasoning behind aspects of the criminal law;
4. engage in informed legal argument and policy debate on aspects of the criminal law and criminal justice.
Timetabled Learning Activities A range of teaching techniques will be employed throughout the 24 hours of face to face teaching.
Unit Learning Experiences Given the intensive nature of the unit, and the importance of active engagement with the materials, a range of teaching techniques will be employed: mini-lecture, small group work, discussion questions, problem solving, open discussion, class debate etc. Teaching will proceed on the assumption that the required reading has been done before class.
Assessment There are two assessment components an exam and a research paper.
Prerequisites LLB130; LLB120; BJU100
Exclusions nil
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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