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?
- 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.
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.
All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The criminal justice system is a key site for the maintenance of social order in society. In Australia, the criminal justice system consists of three separate institutions and each is tasked with a specific role: the police are responsible for criminal investigations, the courts for adjudication and sentencing, corrections (e.g. prisons) for 'correcting' offenders.
This unit develops your knowledge and skills of the discipline of forensic psychology, affording you a critical perspective on what the study of psychology and the law entails and what it has to offer across the three criminal justice domains of the police, the courts and corrections.
Criminal Law in Context aims to provide Justice (and other) students with a broad, critical, contextual knowledge of criminal law and its administration in the Australian setting.
The unit introduces students to the policy cycle and explains how policy is developed in the governmental context. It provides basic skills needed for an employment role in research and policy in government agencies.
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.
Introduction to Law introduces you to the Australian legal system and explores the nature of the common law system and the processes by which law is made. This includes a focus on the major sources of law in Australia and the institutions that create, interpret and administer the law.
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.
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.
Human Rights Law focuses on the theory and practice of international human rights law. In particular, it provides an overview of the history and origins of human rights and international rights and obligations while remaining grounded in the contemporary events and challenges to the protection of human rights.
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.
This elective unit commences the process in educating legal students 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 theoretical and critical analysis skills for the students through the design of the learning experience.
This unit is designed for students in disciplines other than law. It provides those students with a solid foundation in the Australian common law system, introducing students to the Australian legal environment and exposing those students to the legal framework in which industry operates. It will also address specific legal issues such as contract law, consumer law, torts and property law.
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.
The unit is informed by the concepts of governance, power, and knowledge to think critically about the circumstances and conditions through which sex and sexuality are criminalised and responded to. It does this by exploring a diverse range of 'cases' of sexual deviance in contemporary Australian and, where relevant, international contexts.
The unit will challenge students to think critically about a range of key issues confronting the penal system and policy-makers, including the ever-increasing prison muster, the effectiveness (or not) of the various treatment programs and offender management systems, and the ongoing challenge of 'difference' within the prison population. This unit is tailored to students contemplating a career in correctional services, the policy sector (including the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Queensland Corrective Services), rehabilitation services, social and youth work, and the academy.
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.
The Justice degree aims to produce competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, the degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. This unit examines the impact of transnational organised crime (TOC) and terrorism on international security, the socio-economic platform of specific sovereign nations and the global economy as a whole.
Serious and complex forms of criminal offending are a priority area for criminal justice system responses and provide many challenges to law enforcement agencies, law makers and society generally. This unit will use historical case studies to allow students to comprehensively analyse a number of major crimes. Students will undertake close examinations of cases of homicide (including serial and mass killings), child abuse and corporate/environmental crime. The unit will provide students with a detailed critical analysis of specific crimes, taking into account the offence, subsequent police investigations, the prosecution process, media coverage, victimisation and broader social consequences. Students will be required to undertake their own case study of a serious crime event, enhancing their ability to think critically about these offences and how they impact upon the victims and society as a whole.
This unit focuses upon the major theories about the operation of governments, along with the principles of authority, legitimacy and freedom.
In this subject, students will gain a thorough understanding of Australia's political and governance system, exploring the evolution and functioning of key Australian justice institutions. Through key case studies from Australian and international political history, students will examine the democratic structures that govern policy-making.
This unit will cover the complementary crimes of corruption and white collar crime. It is a core unit in the Bachelor of Justice, Policy and Governance major and an elective in other courses. This unit develops your skills in explaining knowledge, presenting arguments, critically analysing, researching and reflecting. This unit will introduce you to critical analysis of the investigation and prevention of white collar crime and corruption. The circumstances in which the crimes occur and technological considerations raise unique questions for investigation and prevention. This unit will provide you with an outline of the nature of these techniques.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
This unit provides students with a comprehensive, empirically based, international and interdisciplinary overview of domestic violence. It will provide a critical perspective on domestic violence research that is of interest to justice professions and arises in many other employment contexts.
Victimology has emerged alongside criminology as a specific discipline and specifically focuses on understanding and explaining of victimisation as well as informing policy development specifically for victims. This subject considers theoretical work produced by victimologists, how victimisation is defined and understood, victim's relationships with the criminal justice system, the development of victim's rights, victim's advocacy, and the social and political status of victims. This course will equip students to critically evaluate policy, programs and research that addresses victimisation, victims experience in the criminal justice system, as well as victim's needs and rights.
This unit is concerned with the role of technology in facilitating and enabling crime. The pervasiveness of technology across all aspects of society has seen the face of crime change in recent decades. This transition provides many challenges to law enforcement in terms of policing crime in both offline and online environments. This unit will examine the many forms of cybercrime and provide an introduction to crime in the virtual world.
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.
This unit provides students with knowledge and skills for working in the contemporary youth justice system, including knowledge about its history, how the system works, legislation, and the media and political context of youth justice. It questions ideas about young people as a 'crime problem' and challenges students to engage critically with youth crime in terms of social justice.
This unit will discuss in detail the complex relationship that exists between the crime problem, the criminalisation and traditional responses to crime. The unit will discuss crime prevention strategies that are broader than the traditional criminal justice response as well as explore the appropriateness or otherwise of blanket responses to crime. Emerging issues in crime prevention theory and practice such as surveillance in physical and virtual spaces, prediction, risk analysis, pre-emption and the influence of technology (in both crime and crime prevention) will also be examined.
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.
Critical Policy Analysis provides you with the essential academic and vocational tools that will allow you to critically analyse justice-related policies. You will have the opportunity to examine a number of policies in an in-depth manner using a range of vocational tools and critical frameworks. The ability to provide timely, high quality, critical analyses of justice-related policies is an essential capability of reflective and ethical justice professionals. As such, this unit offers an essential aspect of one's professional development as a justice professional.
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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