Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course requires students to demonstrate an advanced command of substantive and theoretical criminal law and procedure. The focus is primarily on the criminal laws of New South Wales, although a comparative component is included. Students will critically examine and evaluate contemporary doctrinal principles of criminal law and procedure, including a broad range of criminal offences, defences and procedural rules in a professional and scholarly context.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of doctrinal criminal law and procedure;

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of relevant theoretical models of crime and criminal law policy;

3. Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to analyse and reflect on complex criminal cases at a practical and theoretical level;

4. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present opinions on complex cases at a level suitable to specialist and non-specialist audiences;

5. Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake doctrinal research, interpretation and analysis;

6. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the ethical and professional limits on practice in criminal law

7. Demonstrate developed written communication skills in the context of criminal law

8. Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations, mediation, negotiation and court appearances.


This is the second part of a multi-term course introducing criminal law and procedure, with particular focus on the laws of New South Wales. This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of the criminal law, including: principles of criminal responsibility; a broad range of criminal offences (such as assault, sexual assault, murder and manslaughter, property offences, drug offences, traffic offences and public order offences); principles by which criminal responsibility is extended; and the major defences (including the mental state defences, provocation, self-defence and related issues). This course will also address in detail the major agencies and procedures that comprise the criminal justice system (including contemporary policing, pre-trial procedures and prosecution of crime), and the major principles of criminal sentencing.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6002B studied concurrently with LAWS6003B

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Opinion

Participation: Attendance at Seminars and Workshops *

Formal Examination: Final examination in Examination Period

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator Students must attend 80% of seminars and workshops. Attendance records will be kept up to date by the Course Co-ordinator and will be retained with the Course Assessment Return. Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term