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2014 LAW226 Criminal Law B

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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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).

Not Offered


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.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


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%).

TEACHING PATTERN: 3x 50-min lectures weekly (26 wks), 50-min tutorial fortnightly (24 wks) over the year for LAW225 and LAW226.

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
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Coreq LAW225
Prereq LAW121 AND LAW122 AND Completion of first year in another degree OR Completion of a bachelor degree

STAFF: Prof K Warner and Dr J Prichard

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