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.
Introduction to Criminology and Policing will provide you with an introduction to the Criminology and Policing major before you make your choice between the two available majors. This unit 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, white collar crime, and street crime.
The Justice degree is about producing 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.
Employers expect graduates to be competent in these professional skills areas. This unit provides students with essential literacy and workplace-relevant skills reflected in different pieces of assessment. This will enable students to utilise these skills throughout their justice degree and transfer them in future to the workplace as a competent criminal justice professional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fundamental principles of criminal law and of social justice issues related to violent offending. Laypeople 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 policy objectives is essential to those who wish to contribute to more effective responses to violent offending.
The study of deviance engages with fundamental aspects of criminology, such as the making of laws, the breaking of laws and responses to rule and law breaking. Drawing on problem solving skills and interpretive traditions in the social sciences, the unit encourages students to think critically about deviance (often defined as a 'social problem'), asking why some activities, sub-cultures and social groups are considered deviant and others not across various historical and cultural contexts. The unit also examines social and legal responses to managing and controlling deviance. These range from informal mechanisms (including gossip, ostracism, bullying), institutionalised forms of discrimination, criminal responses (such as hate crimes) and legal responses, such as legalisation and criminalisation. The scope and concerns of the unit make it broadly accessible to students and the unit's focus on real world social problems will appeal to QUT's student market.
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.
In this unit, you will apply the skills you are developing in LLB101 Introduction to Law and be introduced to the skills of legal problem solving and legal interviewing and questioning as you look at how the law of torts operates in a real world context. The knowledge and skills that you develop in this unit provide a foundation for more advanced units in later years. The study of torts law is required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.
This unit introduces you to non-adversarial approaches to practice and advocacy commonly used in legal practice. It also introduces you to the significant and positive role that lawyers play in society in upholding the rule of law and assisting people to resolve disputes. An understanding of these approaches is an important part of legal practice where lawyers must advise clients on the most effective way to deal with a dispute.
This unit provides a foundation for the development of your legal oral communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that will be further developed in later units including LLB203 Constitutional Law, LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law, and LLB303 Evidence. A key emphasis of the unit is on the interaction of Australiaâ€™s first peoples with the Australian legal system and introducing you to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal knowledges and perspectives of law, which will be further examined in LLB106 Criminal Law, LLB301 Real Property Law, and LLB303 Evidence.
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.
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.
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.
The entertainment industry involves a myriad of transactions and interactions that are governed by a wide range of laws. A basic understanding of the laws most commonly encountered in the entertainment industry should assist those involved in the industry to have a better understanding of the legal context in which they are operating. This in turn may assist them in avoiding problems, or to have a better appreciation of when they should seek professional legal assistance.
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.
The study of law is important for journalists as they are endowed with a public responsibility to engage in sound legal and ethical in practice. The public role journalists play in society means that there is a high level of scrutiny on their actions. Legal transgressions by journalists can prove costly and painful for journalists, their families, friends, colleagues and employers. Furthermore, journalists also need to have a good working understanding of the legal framework that applies to society in general, as the law will be relevant to a wide range of issues that will be reported by journalists in their professional practice. In addition, the unit seeks to foster an appreciation of the developing nature of the law through court decisions and its capacity to adapt to new circumstances, as well as providing you with the scope to appreciate the development of law through changes in policy through the intervention of parliaments.
This unit provides to students an introduction to the Australian legal environment in which context they will be working. It addresses specific legal issues that impact on urban development and is intended to inform the decisions that will need to be made while working in this area. An understanding of the legal framework is essential to professionals practising in all areas of the built environment. The foundation skills and knowledge acquired in this unit will underpin future learning.
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.
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.
Issues pertaining to ecological harms and the protection of the environment are becoming ever more crucial in the development of both national and international policy. The balance between 'developing' and 'harming' the environment is socially constructed through discourses around such issues as trade, resource exploitation, international justice, activism and human rights. It is vital that illegal and other harmful acts that damage or destroy the environment are understood and critiqued within the broader context of governmental policies of prevention and regulation.This unit prepares future professionals who will be employed in an environmental capacity, or will work more generally in policy and advocacy-based positions which intersect with issues of ecological harm and justice.
It is not possible to fully understand our system of government without understanding the history of ideas of government that have led to this point. This is core knowledge for working in policy or politics. This unit will run through all the major theories of how governments should operate and the basis of authority, legitimacy and freedom. JSB261 Theory of Government will provide you with the necessary knowledge of what our system of government is designed to do and why we have this rather than another system of government.
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.
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.
To contribute to policy development in the global sphere, justice professionals need a thorough understanding of different forms of marginalisation, their development, and their cultural and social context beyond Australian borders. Justice professionals who are able to critically reflect on global inequalities and the contexts from which they arise offer much more effective contributions to policy development in the interests of global justice. Using the concepts of identity, marginalisation, power, and resistance, this unit will provide the conceptual and practical tools with which to understand marginalisation in global contexts and particularly in the global South. These concepts will be used to evaluate existing policy responses and formulate new and innovative policies addressing global injustice. The unit aims to produce justice professionals who are able to engage in public policy debates, and thus achieve effective change, at a global level.
The main aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the study of theoretical criminology. The study of criminology is essentially multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in the diversity of theoretical approaches. Theory is typically offered as distinct from methods of research; however, together they provide the foundation for policy and practice. The unit provides an analytical framework in order to critically assess the epistemological claims and justifications found in criminological theory. A range of criminological explanations and theories of crime are explored: classicism / neo-classicism; biological and psychological positivism; anomie; strain theory; the Chicago school; labelling theory; feminist criminology; Marxism; critical criminology; new right theory; left realism; post-structuralist perspctives and cultural criminology. The course stresses the relevance and application of theory, examing how theory 'works' (or 'fails') in practice.
Research within criminology highlights that in order for students to undertake research themselves and be able to critically read and assess the research of others they need to have a clear understanding of the research methods commonly used in the field (Kleck et al., 2006). This unit is designed to provide students with essential knowledge and skills required to undertake justice research. At completion of this unit, you will: (a) be able to take these learned skills and apply them to your practice as a future justice professional, and (b) develop skills that can be used for further advanced study in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis.
Drugs, both legal and illegal, present challenges to individuals and the community as well as to the criminal justice and health systems in Australia. The unit is designed to introduce students to key issues associated with drug use in Australia, including trends, patterns of usage and drug-related harms. Students will develop their skills proposing policy responses to drug control. The scope and content of the unit make this an important unit for justice professionals or those wanting to work in policy development, welfare and policing, and the unit's focus on real world social problems will appeal to QUT's student market.
This unit is concerned with the diverse roles, duties, powers and problems of policing in Australia. These issues are explored through a variety of topics, which include the history and context of policing in Australia, the powers and duties of police officers, the varied tasks that police are required to perform as part of their job, ethics, and the key issues that police face in undertaking their role in society.
Understandings of multiple forms of political violence (including terrorism) is crucial for work in the law enforcement or justice sectors and agencies. Political violence and terrorism take many forms and are a growing form of conflict and insecurity globally.The history of political violence and terrorism and the issues that motivate individuals, non-state groups, and governments to engage in violence are complex. In order to understand the existence and influence of, and responses to, political violence and terrorism, this unit explores: the defining characteristics of political violence and terrorism historical and geographical contexts of political violence, drawing on historical and contemporary examples responses to political violence and to terrorism, and current developments and challenges in addressing such 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.
Crime and criminality are ubiquitous in popular culture. Criminology is a multidisciplinary enterprise with a longstanding interest in cultural and social responses to crime. A critical account of how crime and criminality are represented in popular culture will provide a better understanding of how cultural genres shape mainstream attitudes and responses to crime, including shifting political and policy responses. 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, including the analysis of media responses to crime.
Domestic and sexual violence are now very much on community and policy agendas in Australia. There is in Australia and internationally a significant field of programming, policy, and advocacy devoted to the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. This field complements efforts to work with victims and to hold perpetrators accountable, but focuses on how to prevent such violence from occurring in the first place. The violence prevention field includes efforts to build healthy relationships and families, involve and develop communities, promote community norms of nonviolence, improve organisational practices and workplace and institutional cultures, lessen gender inequalities, and address the larger cultural, social and economic factors that contribute to violence. This unit provides a comprehensive exploration of violence prevention.
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.
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.
There is increasing demand in Australia for graduates with the skills and expertise required to contribute to the policy-making process and delivery of democracy. It is therefore necessary for students who wish to work in the public sector or as part of the political process to understand the practice of policy, and politics, in our society. This unit offers students an insight into the machinations of government and examines the role of people power in governance. The unit gives students an opportunity to acquire skills necessary to participating in the policy-making process in Australia.
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.
The investigation of death 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 to establish both the medical cause and legal circumstance of death. The information gathered in this way is also used to inform government policy, including preventing deaths. 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 can better investigate death. Detailed knowledge of death investigation in Australia is crucial for legal and medical professionals as well as criminal justice agency personnel. This unit examines the history, processes, procedures and outcomes of death investigation in Queensland; including overrepresentation, cultural issues, trauma and determining manner of death.
Sports Law covers the application of a wide range of legal principles to a sporting context. You will have studied some of the principles at a general level in core units, allowing you to consolidate your knowledge, while other areas of the unit will be new. Sport-specific legal principles (for example, regarding doping) will also be covered. Sport is an area that is becoming increasingly business-orientated and litigious. If you plan to work as a manager, administrator or lawyer in the area of sports you will, in the course of your day-to-day activities, encounter a wide variety of situations that could have potential legal consequences. The unit will draw upon your knowledge of legal systems and torts law and your research skills.
We live in an era where major advances in data-driven technologies are fundamentally changing many aspects of society. These technologies are not only becoming crucial to many businesses, which seek new avenues for creating competitive advantages and value, but also increasingly enmeshed in aspects of our everyday lives. This unit, therefore, explores the legal, ethical and social challenges raised by data-driven technologies in two main parts. The first centres on the information privacy law issues that arise from large-scale collection and aggregation of person information the second relates to the application of data analytics. Exploration of the challenges raised by different technologies across both parts of this unit are guided by broader considerations of fairness, accountability and transparency (FAT).
Learning to ‘think like a lawyer’ is an important part of a law degree, but it is not the only way to solve legal problems. Lawyers are increasing being called upon to think about legal problems in new ways and to be creative and innovative in developing solutions. Law and design thinking will introduce students to a fivestep methodology that takes a human-centred approach to problem solving. The focus of the unit is on access to justice, but the same methodology can be used in any legal, business, technology, innovation, or personal context. The highlight of the unit will be a weekend intensive—similar to a hackathon or thinktank. Students will work in self-selected collaborative teams to develop an innovative and human-centred solution to a legal problem. This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to design new solutions to improve access to justice and respond to complex legal problems.
As new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics become more infused in our business, government and social life, difficult legal and policy questions arise as to their governance. This unit considers the application of existing legal principles to new technologies, as well as the need for newly developed sui generis principles and governance regimes. Knowledge of these legal issues is of increasing importance in many areas of legal practice and industry and to society more generally. There is an increasing need for law graduates to have an understanding of new technologies and how the law affects and is affected by them. Legal issues surrounding new technologies including AI are particularly relevant to preparing our students to work in law or industry. This unit requires students to consider a range of new technologies which underscores the pressing need to consider regulation in this field now and into the future. Students will benefit from exposure to emerging technologies and innovations, and the laws that will be needed to govern it.
This unit examines how society regulates the Internet. As the Internet has become more vital to business, government and social life, difficult legal and policy questions have arisen about its governance. This unit will consider the application of existing legal principles to cyberspace, as well as newly developed sui generis principles and governance regimes. Knowledge of these legal issues is of increasing importance in many areas of legal practice, industry and to society more generally. This unit is a core unit for the new Law, Technology and Innovation minor and a general law elective for the undergraduate law degree.. It will be beneficial to you if you are intending to practise in media and communications, intellectual property or technology law, or another area of law that involves significant interaction online. This unit will also be beneficial if you intend to work in the public sector in relation to the regulation of technology and communications networks.
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