Criminal Law

On this page

This unit of study will provide an examination of the content of substantive crimes and defences and some of the key procedural and evidentiary aspects of criminal trials. It will also provide an exploration of the various competing theories as to the bases of criminal behaviour. Finally the unit of study will examine key concepts with respect to sentencing policy in criminal cases.

Unit details

  • Location:
  • Study level:
    Undergraduate
  • Credit points ?
    12
  • Unit code
    BLB3128

Prerequisites

Nil

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to: 1. understand the general principles of criminal liability which, in Victoria, derive both from common law and statute, in particular, the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic). 2. be able to apply the doctrine of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation to hypothetic criminal problems using inductive and deductive thought processes. 3. be able to support the answers to hypothetical problems questions using case and statute law as authority.

Assessment

Assessment typeDescriptionGrade
Assignment2000 words20%
ExaminationFinal Examination80%

Required reading

The Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

Australian Criminal Law in the Common Law Jurisdictions 3rd
Arenson, K., Bagaric, M., & Gillies, P. (2011)
Oxford Uni Press

Where to next?

If you are interested in this unit as part of a course, refer to our how to apply page to find out more about our application process.

If you are a current VU student, you may be able to enrol in this unit as an elective.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Find answers and ask questions at GOTOVU

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.

Already a VU student?

You may be able to enrol in this unit as an elective.

For more info contact the
College of Law and Justice

Courses this unit belongs to