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Advanced Criminal Law - JURD7302
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: LAWS1001 and LAWS1011 and Corequisite: LAWS2311; Prerequisite: JURD7101 and JURD7111 and Corequisite: JURD7211
Excluded: LAWS3102
Fee Band: 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


Builds upon the introduction to criminal law and process in the compulsory core curriculum. Topics vary from year to year depending on current developments. The focus is on recent statute and case law, and current research developments in criminalisation, law and order politics, criminal responsibility, defences, criminal process and sentencing.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

JURD7101 Criminal Law 1 and JURD7111 Criminal Law 2

Course Objectives

This course provides an opportunity for students to further explore issues of current importance in criminal law. The course builds on understandings gained in Criminal Laws 1 and 2 and uses a number of representative topics to develop a detailed understanding of the principles and political pressures that shape criminal law and an examination of theoretical and philosophical perspectives on the criminal law.

Main Topics

In 2010 the topics to be discussed are likely to include:

  • The evolution of the Crimes Act
  • Organised crime
  • Dangerousness and risk
  • Recent changes to criminal process
  • Mental health issues in criminal law
  • Restorative interventions in the criminal process


Reflective notes (3 x 300 words): 20%

Essay synopsis and class presentation: 20%

Research essay (4000-5000 words): 60%

Course Texts


A course reader will be available from the UNSW Bookshop


Refer to the course outline which will be provided by the lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.

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