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Law study abroad and exchange options

Why study in the Faculty of Law?

Develop a strong understanding and foundation knowledge of contemporary law and justice while you study in Australia’s largest law school.

As a national leader in law and justice education, we attract many students and renowned academics from around the world. We are recognised for our practical, real-world legal training delivered in high quality, city-based learning facilities.

What can I study?

You can:

  • choose individual subjects (units)
  • study a set of units in your field of interest over one or two semesters.

There are some guidelines you need to follow as a study abroad student, including information about earning credit towards your degree and changing subjects.


  • Undergraduate students cannot enrol in postgraduate units.
  • Capstone and honours units are not available as part of our study abroad and exchange program.

Individual units

Some units require previous study and have entry requirements, while other units don't require any academic background in the areas of study. You should check the full unit details to make sure you meet any requirements.

Approved units

All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background.


JSB158 Policing Diversity

The issue of policing diversity is salient because of the nature of police work and the type of community engagement it entails. This unit will focus on a range of issues facing police and policing in relation to the growing diversity of Australia's population. A significant component of this unit will be a focus on the specific issues regarding the relationship between police and diverse communities such as those identified by race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender-identity difference, disability and homelessness. Police awareness training and identifying strategies to prevent misconduct and maintain awareness of bias towards diverse people willl also be a focus within the unit.

JSB170 Introduction to Criminology and Policing

This unit will provide you with an introduction to the Criminology and Policing major before you make your choice. It will provide you with a foundation for understanding criminology and policing. It begins with an exploration of the existing explanations of crime from both an individual and social perspective and will provide you with a background of policing in Queensland, Australia and internationally. The remainder of the unit then covers topics of interest to those within the area of criminal justice, policing and criminology, for example, crimes in the home, crime in public, cyber crime, and street crime.

JSB171 Justice and Society

The Justice degree seeks to produce competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, this degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the structural parameters of social justice.

JSB172 Professional Academic Skills

This unit teaches students about being competent and ethical criminal justice professionals. It introduces professional and academic skills,to lay a successful foundation for academic achievement during the degree and for later professional achievement in the real world of criminal justice work.

JSB173 Understanding the Criminal Justice System

The Bachelor of Justice seeks to produce competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, this degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. This unit provides a clear overview and critical examination of the Australian criminal justice system.

JSB174 Forensic Psychology and the Law

Forensic Psychology is readily acknowledged as one of the fastest growing areas of psychology in the world. Psychologists are now involved significantly in policing, judicial procedures and correctional processes. The term 'forensic' literally means 'of or used in law courts' (Australian Oxford Paperback Dictionary). The phrase 'psychology and the law', however, is now used more generally to describe the different ways in which psychology and law intersect - namely the psychology of the law, psychology in the law, and psychology by the law. By its very nature the study of psychology and law draws from a wide multidisciplinary base for the application of specialised knowledge. As a student of this discipline area, you will need a broad introductory appreciation of (and a critical perspective on) what the study of psychology and the law involves.

JSB176 Criminal Law in Context

Justice students work, or hope to work, as justice professionals in areas related to the criminal justice system or human rights. They need an understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law and of social justice issues related to criminal law. Lay people may assume that the law is shaped by rational decisions aimed at reducing crime and punishing wrongdoing, when in fact a closer examination of the policy underpinnings, the substance of the law and the way in which it is applied demonstrates that such an analysis is overly simplistic. A deeper understanding of the forces that shape the law and of the way the law's application can distort its policy objectives is essential to those who wish to contribute to more effective laws and their administration.

JSB178 Policy, Governance and Justice

This course is designed to help you meet the selection criteria for research and policy positions in government agencies. This unit will teach you basic vocational skills for working in any government agency, whether it is the Department of Justice, the Police Service or the Army. All government agencies rely on similar writing, communication and consultation skills for developing police, and many important public policies concern issues of law and justice. These skills are also used in the community sector and interest groups, and increasingly by the private sector. A theoretical and practical understanding of good policy-making and the role of law and policy in governance will be a distinct advantage for both your career and citizenship roles.

JSB180 Deviance

This unit provides students with a comprehensive, empirically based, theoretically informed, international, interdisciplinary overview of the study of deviance in the social sciences. It provides a critical survey of causes, interpretations and reactions to deviance, with reference to real world social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco consumption, graffiti, body art, suicide, sexual deviance (such as nudity, pornography, paedophilia, sado-masochism, public sex), bullying, violence, and mental health.


LLB101 Introduction to Law

Introduction to Law provides a necessary foundation for legal studies by introducing you to core legal knowledge and the skills of legal reasoning, problem solving, legal writing and research.

LLB103 Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution is a term used to represent a number of processes for the resolution of conflict and disputes such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration. These processes are used in many areas of Australian society to resolve both legal and non-legal disputes.

LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice

As future members of the legal profession, you will be expected to contextualise legal issues and critique them from various perspectives. In a changing world and in light of emerging technologies, the future of the legal profession will rely on critical thinking and evaluation skills and the ability to develop and present persuasive arguments. In this unit, you will explore critical theories and apply them to the philosophical, cultural, social, economic and global contexts in which the Australian legal system operates. You will also consider the role of lawyers in a dynamic and changing world.

LLB140 Human Rights Law

In recent decades, the international community has shown an increased awareness of and stronger commitment to the protection of human rights. However, this progress is far from complete and violations of basic human rights are still a pressing issue for the global community. This unit is a first year elective that is designed to develop the concepts and principles of human rights introduced in LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice. It explores the theory and practice of international human rights law. In particular, it provides an overview of the history and orgiins of human rights and international rights and obligations while remaining grounded int he contemporary events and challenges to the protection of human rights. The unit also examines the institutions, instruments and implementation structures of human rights. The unit sets the foundational knowledge of the key issues and mechanisms for regulation and enforcement that are built on in later specialised units.

LLB141 Introduction to International Law

There are many ways in which the law operates in an international context. Issues of global concern such as climate change, terrorism and economic development require cooperation between nations through agreements and treaties. The increased internationalisation of communication, financial interests and business transactions means that individuals and companies are increasingly required to engage with the laws of other countries and that domestic legal systems must operate in an international context.  In an increasingly globalised world it is important for you to understand how to identify, evaluate and apply the relevant law in international disputes and how international laws can impact on the Australian legal system.  This unit builds on your knowledge of the Australian legal system introduced in LLB101 and extends it to the impact of other legal systems on the development of Australian law.

LLB142 Regulation of Business

This elective unit commences the process of educating you in matters of business and commercial law.  It is intended to provide an overview of a number of critical areas in the study of business law.  Further, this subject will provide you with theoretical and critical analysis skills.  As a law graduate, you are increaasingly required to have a strong knowledge base and understanding of business and commerce and have an understanding of how business operates within the context of the Australian legal system.  This unit is intended to provide foundation skills and knowledge that are essential for an understanding of law and regulation as it applies to business.

LWS009 Introduction to Law

For students involved in a wide range of industries, it is important to have a fundamental understanding of the nature of the Australian legal system. The unit introduces students to the sources of law (both cases and legislation) and will assist students in acquiring introductory knowledge about the Australian legal system and laws so that they will be equipped to complete other law units in their relevant course.

Units requiring approval

You can only enrol in these units if you meet the specified requirements and have significant background knowledge in the area of study. After you apply, we will assess the units and your background knowledge and let you know the outcome.


JSB184 Sex and Crimes

This unit teaches specialised knowledge to students about how sex crime is legislated, regulated and adjudicated and explores the implications that this may produce for victims and offenders. It connects broader knowledge about policing and criminal justice with specific issues relevant to sex offenders and sex crime victims involved in the criminal justice process.

JSB207 Punishment and Penal Policy

In the modern Western context, concerns with crime, victimisation and social harm are key concerns for the citizenry. These issues also make up a significant part of media and political discourse and it could thus be argued that crime and punishment are defining cultural motifs of modern Western societies, forever concerned with security and safety from the 'criminal other'. This unit offers you a critical overview of the evolution of Western responses to crime over the past two centuries. The unit introduces the philosophies and theories that have underpinned the development of penal policy during that period. Utilising Australian and other case studies, you will be introduced to a range of policies and interventions associated with the construction of the modern penal system. The various stages of the development of penal policy will be covered. The unit will challenge you to think critically about a range of key issues confronting the penal system and policy-makers.

JSB208 Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

The Justice  degree aims to  produce competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, this degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. This unit explores patterns in gendered: 1. offending 2. victimisation, and 3. experiences with criminal justice systems.

JSB209 Transnational Organised Crime and Terrorism

This unit is designed to provide students with an introduction to transnational and organised crime (TOC) and terrorism. Transnational organised crime has grown exponentially over the past two decades; similarly, terrorist organisations continue to threaten global security. Both criminal groups present an ongoing problem for governments and monarchies globally. While TOC groups benefit from the misfortune of others within the community, terrorists on the other hand seek to undermine the fabric of these communities. Organised crime and terrorist groups have existed for hundreds of years; they will continue to provide a focus for intelligence, security and policing operations for many generations to come. This unit seeks to explore and explain the basic nature of transnational organised crime and terrorism.

JSB219 Case Studies in Major Crime

Serious crimes such as homicide and child abuse are prominent in contemporary media debate and public commentary. Criminology and Justice Studies are multidiscipinary enterprises with a key focus on how both the criminal justice system and society more generally responds to these types of crime events. By closely studying different aspects of a range of historical major crimes, students will obtain a better understanding of the important criminal justice system responses and social processes associated with these events, and will develop enhanced skills in cultural analysis and social justice. The unit's focus on real world social problems will appeal to QUT's broader student market.

JSB261 Theories of Government

This unit focuses upon the major theories about the operation of governments, along with the principles of authority, legitimacy and freedom.

JSB263 Australian Political Institutions

Justice graduates are increasingly taking on key roles working in or alongside Australian governance institutions. It is essential that these graduates have a full and working knowledge of the structure of Australian government and the legislative process in order to excel in these roles in an increasingly professionalised public sector. This unit will explore the establishment, evolution and functioning of key Australian justice institutions, in order to increase students' understanding and awareness of our systems of governance.

JSB264 Statistical Methods for Justice Professionals

Statistics is an important skill that is becoming increasingly desirable within justice professions (i.e., policing, corrections, courts, etc).  This unit is designed to provide students with a basic foundation in statistics and how it can be used to understand a range of social problems.  This unit may be of particular interest to students wanting to pursue further postgraduate study or who have a keen interest in research methods.

JSB266 White Collar Crime and Official Corruption

The study of public sector ethics covers the types of actions and the methods of enforcement required to bring about performance in the public interest. This unit will introduce you in detail to the most important issues of public sector ethics, both in Queensland and the world. As government employees, it is essential that you not only understand these concepts but put them into practice. White collar crime is becoming more common in Australian society. There are a larger number of people in a position to participate in white collar crime and new opportunities are presented by a more corporatised and technological society. Greater resources are being applied to detect these crimes within police services. The study you will undertake in this unit follows on from learning in JSB172 Professional Academic Skills or JSB178 Policy, Governance and Justice.

JSB270 Global Justice and Human Security

This unit offers students an advanced education about global justice with a focus on human rights and human security. It explores issues of political, social, economic and environmental injustice through an examination of specific global events and trends involving human conflict, dislocation, and disadvantage. The unit also introduces students to the theories of justice, crimes of the powerful, nationalism, cosmopolitanism and human security as a means to understand and critique global injustices. Domestic and international efforts to prevent and punish human rights violations will also be explored during this unit through an analysis of international cooperation and justice. This unit is essential learning for students planning a career in the Department of Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police, AusAid, the United Nations and numerous other Australian and international agencies.

JSB272 Theories of Crime

This unit explores the ways that crime has been constucted and regulated in different times and contexts, introducting students to the study of theoretical criminology. Traditional and innovative, emerging perspectives will be examined. Criminology is essentially multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in the diversity of theoretical approaches, drawing on philosophical, scientific, geographic, sociological, political, economic and cultural explanations for and methodologies to investigate crime.  There is an emphasis on 'theory in action' in this unit. Students will examine popular culture depictions and practical applications of ideas when questioning how and why crime is understood and particular policy, policing and punishment strategies are develolped. Additionally, the unit provides an analytical framework in order to critically assess the epistemological claims and justifications found in criminological theory. Criminological theories are viewed as embedded governmental practices aimed at ensuring the regulation and control of particular 'problem populations'.

JSB273 Crime Research Methods

This unit builds upon research skills acquired in first-year study and is thus intended to provide knowledge and skills in research design and methodology for use in the fields of criminal justice, justice administration and criminology. The aims of this unit are three-fold. First, to revisit issues central to the research process. Second, to introduce students to a variety of research design models, data collection techniques and data analyses. Third, to give students the practical skills in designing and carrying out research and reporting research results. This subject, offered as a compulsory primary major unit in both the Criminology and Policing and Policy and Governance majors, sets the foundation for research in the Justice honours program.

JSB284 Policing in Context

This unit is concerned with the diverse roles, duties, powers and problems of policing in Australia. These issues are explored through a number of different themes across the semester.

JSB285 Political Violence and Terrorism

In this unit you will learn about politically motivated violence and terrorism in its diverse forms and historical context. It asks students to critically explore the characteristics of groups and movements that use these methods, the diverse reasons people come to engage in politically motivated violence, the development of responses to terrorism through policy and practical measures, and the influence of technology and other factors in the evolution of these groups and movements. It draws on diverse historical and present day cases to place the contemporary challenges of political violence and terrorism into historical perspective, and asks students to think critically about the nature of political violence, and the possibilities and limitations of institutional responses to it.

JSB286 Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime that is pertinent to virtually all justice professions and contexts from policing to law and justice policy. It is also a central issue in health care and social services, and arises in many other employment contexts. This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to research and issues in the field that students will be able to apply in many areas of practice.

JSB290 Victimology

This unit builds on your understanding of criminology by introducing you to the closely aligned discipline of victimology. This unit centres the perspectives of victims and provides opportunity to build a more comprehensive understanding of criminal justice, political perspectives, and working with vulnerable people. The unit will provide you with opportunities to build, practice and provide evidence of your analysis and problem-solving skills in relation to the role, needs, and rights of victims of harm.

JSB364 Cybercrime

This unit provides a starting point for students to learn the essentials of cybercrime, the global perspective of what constitutes cybercrime and the associated risks that pervade many environments. It looks at how technology is changing the criminal threats faced by society and how it is being used to reinvent old crimes as well as documenting the emergence of new ones.

JSB367 Intelligence and Security

Intelligence is increasingly taking a leading role in investigations and security procedures, with analysts setting a direction for criminal investigation and security teams. The unit exposes students to the essentials of the criminal intelligence systems, the intelligence process and creative problem solving skills. Intelligence professionals are also concerned with support to government, the private sector and the community. Intelligence offers an advantage through the provision of accurate and timely advice. Intelligence requires proficiency in thinking strategies and skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, teamwork, and application of intelligence process methodologies in a variety of cultural contexts.

JSB372 Youth Justice

The unit teaches specialised knowledge to students in their final years of study and is imperative for students interested in working in the field of youth justice. It connects broader knowledge about policing and criminal justice with specific issues relevant to young people who become involved in the criminal justice system, with a focus on socially just outcomes for young offenders.

JSB374 Crime Prevention

In recent years the effectiveness of the criminal justice system has come under sustained criticism. A key criticism of traditional criminal justice responses to crime involving police, courts and imprisonment is that they are reactive responses, occurring only after a crime has been committed. This has led policy makers, criminologists and criminal justice practitioners to develop schemes that involve federal, state and local authorities working together to predict, identify and address causes of offending. Such approaches to crime control emphasise proactive responses, which seek to prevent the crime before it has occurred. There are various approaches to crime prevention, as well as many perceived barriers to its successful implementation. This unit introduces students to the concept of crime prevention as well as its application to societal problems.

JSB379 Political Practice, People Power, and Protest

This unit will equip students with a thorough understanding of the practice of policy and governance within and beyond government institutions. Students will examine the range of political practices that contribute to policy-making, from formalised lobbying and pressure groups through to non-government activism and protest, while developing practical skills required in the political world.

JSB380 Critical Policy Analysis

The ability to undertake rigorous, effective, and critically-informed analyses of justice-related policies is an essential attribute of justice professionals. It is imperative that those employed in areas connected to justice policy are equipped with a variety of practical and theoretically-informed tools with which to undertake such analysis, especially in order to address marginalisation and social injustice, and improve social inclusion. This unit provides the opportunity for you to draw together the knowledge and skills you have developed in this area, and build on them, in order to hone and practise these capabilities.

JSB386 Death Investigation

The investigation of death in modern society is a well regulated system, orchestrated through the coronial system with identification of suspicious deaths undertaken by the criminal justice system. This death investigation model involves legal, medical and criminal justice personnel in order to establish both the medical cause and legal circumstance of death. The information gathered in this way is also used to inform government policy on issues such as suicide and motor vehicle accidents. However, in the wake of Harold Shipman in the United Kingdom and Dr Patel in Australia, the issue of concealed homicide has become topical, with questions asked about how the coronial system in particular can better investigate death so as to remove such concerns. This unit will examine in detail the history, ethics, processes, procedures and outcomes of death investigation in Queensland.

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