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duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW20030

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of sentencing law principles and practices across Australia. It also provides students with deeper knowledge of criminal law, especially the rules and principles relating to criminal appeals and the criminal principles in each Australian jurisdiction. The unit will also focus on the evolving nature of sentencing law, with an emphasis on appropriate and necessary innovations in this area.


Students will learn about the aims and role of the criminal law, key legislative criminal law provisions in each Australian jurisdiction, the objectives of sentencing law and practice, the principal of proportionality, aggravating sentencing factors privacy and institutional/social media and mitigating sentencing considerations. The unit will explore further topics of imprisonment, intermediate sanctions, mandatory sentencing, Indigenous offenders, innovations to sentencing law and sentencing and technology.

This unit is found in Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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