Courses & Units

Criminal Law A LAW351



Compulsory core unit for students in new Law degrees, who commenced in 2013 or later, with course codes: 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N,63O and 63P. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R.

From 2013, students in courses 63A, 63C, 63D, 63E, 63F, 63G, 63H, and all L3-coded degrees, who have not passed LAW225 and LAW226 must substitute LAW351 and LAW352.


Criminal law is a necessary cornerstone of a law student's legal education because there are few areas of law that do not incorporate criminal offences as one of the arms of regulation of conduct. Criminal Law A provides an introduction to the purposes and scope of the criminal law and the way in which the law attributes responsibility for criminal offences. It examines the so-called general principles of criminal responsibility applicable to criminal offences including the requisite mental or fault element of crimes for both state and Commonwealth offences. Non-sexual assaults and sexual offences will be studied in depth in this unit and the group of offences known as regulatory offences will be a particular focus. Students will be encouraged to consider the criminal law in its historical, political and social context. The unit will develop the skills of statutory interpretation introduced in the foundational legal reasoning unit (LAW255).


Unit name Criminal Law A
Unit code LAW351
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff

Prof K Warner, Dr J Prichard, Dr H Cockburn

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

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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 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090905

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  • Pre-requisites: LAW121 AND LAW122, completion of first year in another degree or completion of bachelor degree and LAW204; LAW250; LAW251; LAW252: LAW253; LAW254; LAW255; LAW256.
  • Anti-requisites (mutual exclusions): LAW423 and LAW225.


Teaching Pattern

1x 2 hr lecture and 1x 1hr lecture weekly; 1x1 hr tutorial fortnightly.


Tutorial participation 15%; tutorial paper 15%; legal research exercise 10%; multiple choice test 10%; 2-hr exam 50%.

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