Advanced Criminal Law (LAWS5104)


This unit critically examines the criminal law, criminal justice institutions and penal practices in the context of legal scholarly debates. Topics to be considered in any one semester may include criminal responsibility, capacity, gender and criminal law, corporate criminal liability, offence construction and trends in sentencing. In addressing these topics, the unit will attempt to respond to cutting edge developments in the criminal law as they arise. Each topic forms the lens through which larger or longer-term theoretical and others issues are discussed. By contrast with the foundational unit, Criminal Law, this unit does not adopt a content - driven approach to criminal law; instead, it adopts an explicitly critical socio-historical approach to the study of law, and draws on inter-disciplinary scholarship throughout. Discussion of relevant academic scholarship forms a core part of the subject matter of the course.

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Further unit of study information


1x6-hr seminars/week for 7 weeks


research proposal (pass/fail), 4000wd reserch essay (75%) and class participation (25%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS1016 or LAWS1003 or LAWS2009 or LAWS5004



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.