Courses & Units

Criminal Law B LAW226

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


From 2013, students substitute LAW352 in place of LAW226.

Compulsory unit for students of Law. ( LAW225 Criminal Law A and LAW226 Criminal Law B are a full year program and must be taken in the same calendar year).


Criminal Law is a cornerstone of law students' education. It involves studying the detail of particular offences - including murder, rape, assault and drug trafficking - as well as certain defences, such as 'insanity' and self-defence. Underlying these topics is an analysis of what the criminal law calls mens rea, or the guilty mind. Since the criminal laws studied are contained in Tasmanian and Australian legislation, the unit provides foundational skills in statutory interpretation, which are highly valued in various professional settings. Naturally the unit may provoke your sense of justice. This might particularly occur when - in the practical problem-solving exercises - you determine the guilt or innocence of fictitious characters involved in hypothetical scenarios. However, this unit equally invites you to consider the (a) the social context of crime and (b) potential topics for law reform.


Unit name Criminal Law B
Unit code LAW226
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
Teaching staff Prof K Warner and Dr J Prichard
Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
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* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2014.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2014: $1,260.00 2014: $1,450.00 090905

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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  • LAW121 AND LAW122 AND Completion of first year in another degree OR Completion of a bachelor degree



Teaching Pattern3x 50-min lectures weekly (26 wks), 50-min tutorial fortnightly (24 wks) over the year for LAW225 and LAW226.

Tutorial participation (15%); Tutorial papers (10%); Research Exercise (Legislation) (5%); Semester 1 Multiple choice test (5%); Semester 1 (LAW225 Criminal Law A) closed-book exam (15%); Semester 2 (LAW226 Criminal Law B) 3-hr closed-book exam (50%).

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RequiredInformation about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.