Course Title: Criminal Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Law

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2230

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012

HUSO2230

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

HUSO2231

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2017

HUSO2231

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2537

Course Coordinator Email: Michele.Ruyters@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There is no pre-requisite however it is strongly recommended that students have completed Foundations of Law  or its equivalent before undertaking this course.


Course Description

What is this course about?

This course examines some of the principles and elements of criminal law.  You will be introduced to the different sources of criminal law, the elements of criminal offences and you will explore the substantive topics of homicide, including the categories of manslaughter, defences to homicide such as self defence, sex offences  and non fatal offences against the person  through the discussion of relevant case law and legislation. .

You will spend time in analysis and problem solving in these areas of criminal law to further your appreciation of the substantive criminal law and to develop your ability to apply research and analytical skills to other areas of study


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

What can I expect to learn by studying this course?

1. Be able to understand and analyse the constituent elements of a range of substantive criminal offences;
2. Understand some of the theoretical criticisms of the way the criminal law is structured and administered;
3. Be able to analyse recent reforms in the area of criminal law;
4. Be able to detail some of the important processes of the criminal law (as opposed to its content) with a focus on the balance between the rights of the individual and the state; and
5. Demonstrate legal research techniques.


This course is intended to develop your analytical and problem solving skills with a focus on practical application as well as enhance your legal researching skills. You will also become familiar with some of the key areas in criminal law reform.


Overview of Learning Activities

What opportunities does the course provide for me to learn? What will I be expected to do?

As part of the learning experience you will learn how to problem solve and you will have opportunity to demonstrate that skill through independent problem solving and group work. You will read appropriate cases and legislation and have the opportunity to contribute to class discussion on various topics

By the end of the course, you should:

• Have a good understanding of the elements of the criminal offences studied
• Be able to identify specific offences and analyse the application of the law relating to those offences to given fact situations
• Understand some of the complexities that arise in the application of those laws in practise
• Have well developed analytical and problem solving skills that will have application in other areas of study and work


Overview of Learning Resources

There may be a  prescribed text [casebook] for this course.   You may access any relevant legislation , case law  and journal articles through the RMIT library electronic databases or generally through the World Wide Web.  


Overview of Assessment

Assessment are drawn from  essays, short problem solving questions, examinations, internet based activities, multi media tasks and group activities.These assessment tasks are designed so that you can demonstrate your skills and understanding of the concepts and issues central to aspects of criminal law studied during the course and also to enhance your problem solving abilities.