Course Title: Criminal Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Law

Credit Points: 12.00

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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

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: Dr Brianna Chesser

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9238

Course Coordinator Email: brianna.chesser@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study  

You should have satisfactorily completed Introduction to Law HUSO2235 or its equivalent before you commence this course. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 


Course Description

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

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  1. Apply a body of professional, theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the socio-legal field and primary dispute resolution processes
  2. Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to social-legal issues and dispute resolution in local and international contexts
  3. Assist in the identification of needs and the design and planning of research in the socio-legal field 


Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Analyse the constituent elements of a range of substantive criminal offences
  2. Explain some of the theoretical criticisms of the way the criminal law is structured and administered
  3. Critically analyse recent reforms in the area of criminal law
  4. 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
  5. Demonstrate legal research techniques. 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which include interactive workshop activities, role plays, problem solving, guest speakers, presentations, videos, online media and activities and student lead discussions.


Overview of Learning Resources

There may be a prescribed text for this course. 

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

    Assessment Task 1: Reading Activities 20%, CLO1 and CLO5  

    Assessment Task 2: Short Problems, 30%, CLO1, CLO 4, CLO5

    Assessment Task 3: Research Problem, 50%, CLO1 – CLO5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long- term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.