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)

LAW2394

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Spring2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Spring2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

LAW2394

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Annegret Kaempf

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email: annegret.kaempf@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

"Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods


Course Description

This course is an examination of the principles and elements of criminal law. The course examines the requirements for criminal liability, the offences of homicide and assault, sexual offences, property offences, the law of attempts and complicity in crime, criminal defences and procedural aspects of the criminal law. You will develop an appreciation of the substantive criminal law and procedural aspects such as classification of offences, processes to compel appearance, bail, preliminary examination and trial of indictable offences.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the Criminal Law and procedure.
  2. Critically evaluate the criminal law as well as the institutions that create, administer and interpret the law and identify areas of reform.
  3. Analyse complex problems relating to the criminal law and procedure and generate appropriate responses.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.