This unit by Open Universities Australia and RMIT University offers students insight into Criminal Law, giving them the opportunity to become familiar with a range of principles and elements relating to the doctrines of Australian law that govern criminal behaviours.
Students will gain an understanding of both the legislation and case law pertaining to this area, and will be able to evaluate issues of criminal law with reference to these laws. Students will be introduced to pre-trial criminal procedure, and will become familiar with the considerations of crime control. General criminal law theory will be explored, and students will be required to study major past crimes and defences.
Students will also be expected to demonstrate their understanding of a broader range of legal concepts, and will develop a selection of research and analytical skills that will be transferrable to other areas of Australian law. Students will also develop skills relevant to professional practice, including their use of the English language when discussing law.
Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Have completed the unit, Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
Have been accepted to study for Juris Doctor
Areas of study
In this Criminal Law unit, the topics you will study include:
Homicide: part 1 – murder
Homicide: part 2 – manslaughter
Other property offences
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Juris Doctor, RMIT University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit offers students the opportunity to become familiar with the principles of Criminal Law. Having been introduced to criminal procedure in the initial segments of the unit, students will be guided through the Australian legislation relevant to murder, manslaughter, assault, sexual assault, statutory theft, and other property offences. Students will also gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of complicity and attempts.
This online unit will guide students through major criminal cases and defences of the past – students will become familiar with case law through reviewing milestone cases and significant decisions. Students will become intimately familiar with the relevant legislation as well, ensuring that successful students have adequate knowledge of the sources of criminal law.
Students will be encouraged to consider how the criminal law and criminal justice system emulates certain power structures found in society. Critical thinking skills will be developed, as will legal research skills. Students will learn to identify and extract the essential points from legal materials, and will be able to apply the relevant law to these points in order to evaluate criminal law issues. Students will also develop the English language skills and proficiency in criminal law terminology necessary to accurately discuss issues in criminal law.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Criminal Law from RMIT University.
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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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