Advanced Criminal Law

Subject LAWS40037 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, 2 x 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours.

730-111 Legal Method and Reasoning; 730-112 Principles of Public Law; 730-114 Torts; 730-212 Legal Theory; 730-368 Criminal Law and Procedure; or in each case their equivalents.

Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills, and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to providing support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Kevin Heller


Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
Subject Overview:

The subject is text-based, concentrating on recent articles and books on criminal law. The selection will vary from year to year. Printed materials will be provided where necessary.

Objectives: The subject aims to develop students’ understanding of the theory and practice of criminal law, and the workings of criminal law institutions, and to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research.
  • 5,000-word research essay (100%);
  • Class presentation based on essay (hurdle);
  • 74% attendance in classes (hurdle).
Prescribed Texts:

Printed materials will be available from the Melbourne Law School.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • The capacity to communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • The capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources;
  • The ability to develop a research topic, and to prepare in substance an application for research funding;
  • The capacity to plan and manage time;
  • Attitudes towards knowledge that include valuing truth, openness to new ideas and ethics associated with knowledge creation and usage;
  • Intercultural sensitivity and understanding.
Notes: The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing for honours purposes.

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