LAW3301 - Criminal law and procedure A - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


This unit is only offered to students who commenced prior to 2015. The new offering for students who commenced in 2015 and beyond see LAW1114.


This unit provides an introduction to the general doctrines and purposes of the criminal law, to the law relating to certain crimes and to the workings of the system of criminal justice in the courts. Certain aspects of criminal procedure will be examined to enable an understanding of the legal and administrative framework within which prosecutions are conducted. Some of the doctrines applicable to all crimes and the requisite mental elements of a crime are examined. Students will be encouraged to consider how the criminal law and its procedures for determining guilt have evolved historically and may be viewed from the vantage point of different perspectives.


  1. In relation to the substantive law, by the end of semester students should be equipped with an understanding of the elements of the major substantive offence categories of homicide and non-fatal non-sexual offences against the person
  2. In relation to criminal procedure, by the end of semester students should be equipped with a basic understanding of the structure of the criminal justice system in Victoria and the role and discretion of the police, prosecutors, defence counsel, magistrates, judges and juries in relation to the processes of the criminal law
  3. In relation to theories of criminal law, by the end of semester should be equipped with:
    1. an appreciation of the historical, political and social context of the criminal law
    2. an ability to critically examine both the general principles of criminal liability and the use of the criminal law as a method of social control
    3. an informed perspective about the many legal, social, political and moral issues raised in the criminal law area
  4. in relation to the acquisition of skills by the end of semester students should be equipped with analytical and interpretative skills necessary for giving advice in relation to criminal law problems.


Online Moodle Quiz: 10% + Class test: 30% + Tutorial participation: 10% + Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW3300