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Criminal Law: Homicide and Other Complex Offences LAW218


This unit builds on Criminal Law 1: Principles and Processes. It draws students into deeper analyses of doctrinal criminal law through studying homicide, sexual offences, drug offences, serious driving offences and property offences. This unit also introduces you to the framework the criminal law uses for prosecuting more than one person for being ‘a party’ to an offence in some way. In some sections of the unit you will encounter advanced concepts, such as determining whether killing someone already thought to be dead constitutes murder. Since the criminal laws studied are contained in Tasmanian and Australian legislation, the unit enhances students’ skills in statutory interpretation, which are highly valued in various professional settings.


Unit name Criminal Law: Homicide and Other Complex Offences
Unit code LAW218
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Mr Matias Thomsen
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Recall and summarise legal definitions, the outcomes of court cases, and the facts that need to be proven to establish guilt for different criminal offences
  • Examine the reasoning behind a particular judgment, principle, proposition or interpretation from the perspective of lawyers representing the prosecution and the accused
  • Predict how a court might decide a question of law given a certain factual situation and conflicting legal opinion regarding the correct interpretation of criminal law statutes
  • Explain orally and in writing the relevant law and application to factual context

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090905 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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50 credit points of Introductory Law core (or LAW107 and LAW108) and LAW229


Teaching Pattern

2 hour weekly Lecture

2 hour fortnightly Seminar

Dr Matias Thomsen & Assoc Prof Jeremy Prichard will be the Unit Coordinators for this unit.


AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Seminar Paper 1 (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Seminar Presentation (10%)|Assessment Task 3: Seminar Paper 2 (40%)|Assessment Task 4: Examination (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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