Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Law and justice

Justice

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

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.

JSB171 Justice and Society

An understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice, and particularly their impact on criminal justice outcomes in our society, is a key skill for competent justice professionals. This unit provides the foundational sociological and criminological knowledge that is necessary to understanding justice in a social context, and which is essential for ensuring justice professionals act in socially just and ethical ways.

JSB172 Professional Academic Skills

Professionals in many fields including Justice are required to have outstanding academic literacy and professional skills, particularly the ability to source, understand and analyse written sources and synthesise evidence into professional written formats. This unit gives students a thorough grounding in the core academic and professional literacies required during their studies and into their graduate careers.

JSB173 Understanding the Criminal Justice System

Justice professionals require a thorough foundational understanding of how Australia’s systems of justice operate structurally and how people progress through those systems. This unit provides a critical overview of the Australian Criminal Justice System through examinations of the key arms of policing, courts and corrections and their processes.

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 unit is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of good policy making. It will provide you with a foundation to understand the context of public policy making and the process by which good policy is made. Understanding how good policy-making happens helps prepare students to work in a government agency, or to work more effectively in non-governmental roles concerning law and justice. In addition to providing a conceptual overview of the structures and functions of government, this unit works through the policy cycle, enabling you to develop basic skills in effective written communication practices of policy writing.

JSB179 Crimes of Violence

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.

JSB180 Deviance

The study of deviance engages with fundamental aspects of criminology and justice studies, such as the making and breaking of laws, responses to rule and law breaking, and the analysis of issues pertaining to marginalised social groups and activities. Drawing on problem solving skills and interpretive traditions in the social sciences, the unit encourages students to think critically about "deviance" (often manifesting as a social problem or contested behaviour), 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 and engages with important issues of social justice and discrimination. 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 a broad cross-section of QUT's student market.

JSB181 Introduction to Justice Research Methods

Research within criminology highlights that in order for justice 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 of justice (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, (b) develop skills that can be used for further advanced study in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis, and (c) practice research in culturally safe and ethical ways.

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.

Law

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

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.

LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice

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 Australia'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.

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 you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Law and justice

Built environment

UXB233 Planning Law

You will be provided with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic political, policy, and legislation essential for planning professionals, whether they work in the public or the private sector, and the capacity to apply this understanding to basic development assessment related problems. Your capacity to understand the law as it relates to the regulation of development and the planning of infrastructure is integral to being a built environment professional. Your grounding in the legal framework surrounding planning and development is an important aspect of professional development,  particularly with respect to employment that requires skills related to development assessment, and urban policy development.

Justice

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. Using 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.

JSB224 Understanding Trauma in Criminology

This subject addresses the ways in which trauma is important to theory and practice in criminal justice and social justice discourse. Trauma informed practice is explored in ways that introduce students to theory and skills in order to inform their engagement with policy and practice and expand their understanding of professional work in criminal justice. This is particularly important in understanding intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities. This subject will build on understanding gained in core units to help prepare for careers working in criminal justice agencies and policy development in criminal justice related fields.

JSB225 Forensic Criminology

Criminology becomes forensic criminology when research and theories are used to answer specific questions for investigations, court, or corrections. Forensic criminology uses the  scientific method to apply traditional criminological knowledge to issues arising in specific cases. In this unit, students will be introduced to the application of criminology to case work, including the overarching principles, ethics and ethos of forensic best-practice. Students will learn about how forensic criminology is used in: investigating criminal behaviour and deaths; complementing the forensic sciences; understanding victims and miscarriages of justice; predicting risk; and preventing revictimization and recidivism.

JSB228 Technology and Crime

Technology is becoming increasingly used within society and is an important domain of knowledge and skills for justice professionals. This unit provides students with a grounding in how technology may be used to perpetrate crime and respond to crime problems. Students will learn about different types of crime that may be perpetrated using technology, such as cybercrime, image-based abuse, and technology facilitated coercive control. Students will also learn how technologies may be used in modern policing practices, including the use of body worn cameras, apps and other technologies. At completion of this unit students will be able to consider the implications of technology in the practice of justice.

JSB234 Interpersonal Skills for Justice Professionals

In all professions in the field of Justice, there are key interpersonal skills that are highly valued by employers. These include written and oral communication skills that demonstrate authority, deep listening, and compassion when working with a diverse audience. Employers also look for skills in teamwork and networking, as well as a candidate that exhibits a strong professional personal brand. This unit will help students to build their personal brand and communication confidence to make them strong professional candidates and to set them up for success in their future careers.

JSB235 Investigation and Evidence

Few people in justice fields are trained investigators. Justice professionals are routinely communicating with and obtaining information from clients and others. Their roles may also require them to conduct an investigation and provide a report of their findings. The skills required to conduct an effective and ethical investigation are however quite specific and may ultimately result in the investigator giving testimony in court proceedings. Further the scope of possible investigations is very broad. While most will associate investigations to suspected breaches of criminal laws, investigations may relate to non-compliance with workplace policies e.g. health and safety incidents, negative workplace behaviour. Workplace Investigation Skills provides foundational investigation skills that will enable each student to plan an investigation, gather evidence, identify witnesses and suspects, and produce an professional report articulating the findings of the investigation.

JSB237 Negotiating Conflict in a Global Context

The peaceful resolution of global conflict and the elimination of social justice issues (including poverty, human rights, inequality, corruption and global health) requires diplomats to engage in a wide range of cooperative strategies. In this unit students will be introduced to the world of the diplomat and will have the opportunity to develop diplomatic skills, including negotiation and mediation. The course introduces students to the practical elements of conflict resolution such as process design, monitoring and evaluation, the resolution of stalemates and the navigation of contested relationships. Students will learn how diplomacy is used to: create substantive social justice policy, to resolve and transform conflict and to build productive inter-personal relationships amongst a range of diverse actors (including world leaders, civic servants and activists).

JSB255 Eco Crime

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.

JSB261 Theories of Government

You cannot fully understand our system of government without understanding the history of the theories 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.

JSB263 Global Political Institutions

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

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.

JSB267 Identity, Marginalisation, and Global Change

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.

JSB270 Global Justice and Human Security

In an increasingly globalised world, justice professionals are frequently faced with challenges that are international in scope. Human rights abuses, transnational crime, violent conflict and regional instability act as obstacles to the maintenance of domestic order and international peace and security as well as people's ability to live in safety. This unit explores challenges to human rights in a global context, with a focus on crimes in conflict zones, crimes involved in the movement and migration of people, and crimes committed by the state. The unit also introduces students to theories of global justice as a lens through which to understand human rights. This unit will assist students to understand challenges in the global context and how they might work to address them.

JSB272 Theories of Crime

Criminology is a multi-disciplinary field and this is reflected in the diversity of theoretical approaches, which draw on various sciences, psychology, sociology, philosophy and politics. 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; and cultural criminology. The course stresses the relevance and application of theory, examining how theory 'works' (or 'fails') in practice.

JSB273 Justice Research Methods

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.

JSB278 Drugs and Crime

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.

JSB279 Social Network Analysis Skills

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in social network analysis roles in business, government, policing and the media. Social network analysis is the mapping and analysis of relationships between individuals in society. 'Bright Networks' are those positive sets of relationships in which relationships assist people in having the 'social capital' to be able to succeed in the world. This capital can be business relationships, supportive relationships through family and friends, or the relationships that allow for partnerships to improve your own life or that of your community. "Dark Networks" on the other hand, are the secret networks that operate in the shadows, including organised crime groups and terrorist cells. They build criminal capital which is the connections to money and skills that allow for illicit outcomes. You will learn how to map the networks and understand how they work.

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 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.

JSB285 Political Violence and Terrorism

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

JSB286 Domestic Violence

Domestic and family violence are crimes that are 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, issues and professional practice that students will be able to apply in many areas.

JSB287 Crime in Popular Culture

Crime and criminality are ubiquitous in popular culture. Justice studies and criminology are multidisciplinary enterprises with a longstanding interest in cultural and social responses to crime. A critical account of how criminality and justice 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.

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. Criminal intelligence offers an advantage through the provision of accurate and timely advice. Criminal 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

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 role of people power in political decision-making. This unit offers students an insight into global and national social movements, political lobbying, and political participation.

JSB380 Critical Policy Analysis

Critical policy analysis is an essential ability in the justice sector. Policies in this field of government have significant implications for social inclusion and social exclusion. It is imperative that those employed in areas connected to justice policy are equipped with the skills to interrogate policy impacts especially on socially disadvantaged populations such as vulnerable youth, migrants, minority groups and especially Indigenous Australians. 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 practice these capabilities.

JSB386 Death Investigation

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.

Law

LLB102 Torts

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.

LLB106 Criminal Law

This core unit introduces you to the criminal law of Queensland.  Knowledge of criminal law offences and defences/excuses is essential for understanding the type of behaviour that is permitted by the state.  Criminal law content knowledge is required for your admission to legal practice.

LLB107 Statutory Interpretation

This unit introduces the foundational concepts of public law, the institutions of government and the rules and principles of statutory interpretation in Australia. Knowledge and skills relating to statutory interpretation are essential in legal practice. This unit provides a foundation for the development of your skills in statutory interpretation that will be further examined in more advanced units. This unit also develops your skills in legal research, written communication and problem solving that were introduced to you in LLB101 Introduction to Law.

LLB202 Contract Law

In this unit, you will examine how contract law operates in a contemporary real world context and practise skills of contract negotiation, interpretation and drafting, and legal problem solving. You will further develop the oral communciation skills that were introduced in LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice. The knowledge and skills you develop in this unit also provide a foundation for later year units in the course, for example, LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law, LLB301 Real Property Law, LLB304 Commercial Remedies, and commercial law electives. An understanding of contract law is a requirement for admission to legal practice in Australia.

LLB203 Constitutional Law

An understanding of the role and scope of the Constitution and how to critically consider constitutional questions and problems, is critical to your understanding of how our nation functions politically. For example, the Constitution specifies who can stand for parliament, controls what politicians and public servants can and cannot do, provides the basis for Federal legislation and limits Federal and State governments in a number of ways. In this unit, you will further examine the principles of public law that were introduced to you in LLB101 Introduction to Law and LLB107 Statutory Interpretation. Knowledge of constitutional law is also required for your admission as a legal practitioner.

LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law

The knowledge and skills you develop in this unit provide a foundation for later year units in the course, for example, LLH305 Corporate Law, and electives in the commercial area. The study of the content in this unit is required for admission to legal practice in Australia.

LLB205 Equity and Trusts

This unit builds on LLB202 Contract Law and your studies in other common law units, with a focus on developing your critical analysis and legal writing skills. An understanding of equity and trusts is also required for admission to legal practice.

LLB241 Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Law

This unit is an examination of law and policy with respect to discrimination and equal opportunity in Australia. It covers both relevant international treaties and Australian domestic anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law. Due to its social, economic and political relevance, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law is an increasingly significant feature of legal practice. It forms a contemporary adjunct to tort law and employment law. As a rights based area of the law, it introduces you to the domestic application of international human rights standards and fosters enthusiasm for the principle of equality and a sense of community rights and responsibilities.

LLB242 Media Law

One of the main tenets of a democratic society is freedom of speech, including freedom of the press. As a consequence of the persuasive nature of the media, the law has imposed a number of checks and balances for the protection of individuals and society. Inevitably these checks and balances come into conflict with freedom of the press. This unit examines the regulation and non-regulation of freedom of speech exercised by the media, including the various limitations imposed by the common law, statute and self-regulation.

LLB243 Family Law

Family law professionals are  involved in referring clients to dispute resolution processes and in assisting them to reach resolution in a way that minimises the conflict experienced by family members, particularly where there are children. They assist clients with resolving their parenting and financial issues and in applications to seek protection from family violence. This unit is important if you are considering working anywhere within the family law system or in general practice. It is a general law elective in the law degree.

LLB244 Criminal Law Sentencing

A knowledge of the principles of criminal law is fundamental to the practice of law. In order to practise in the criminal jurisdiction, a sound knowledge of the principles and procedures for sentencing offenders is essential. The sentencing of offenders is based on statutory and common law rules and criminological theories of punishment of offenders, as well as theories informing rehabilitation and responses to recidivism. Although this unit is based on the principles underlying the sentencing process, there is also considerable emphasis on the practical application of these in the sentencing process. This unit, a general elective in the law degree, builds on knowledge and skills gained in the core criminal law unit.

LLB245 Sports Law

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.

LLB247 Animal Law

This interdisciplinary unit explores the way that law regulates the interactions between human and non-human animals considering legal, ethical and philosophical frameworks. This unit will focus on Australian law, although international perspectives will be considered. The unit will examine the ways in which the law defines and regulates our use of animals, refining your skills in identifying deficiencies in animal law and building your capacity to provide advice on potential law reform.  You will have the opportunity to explore the role of lawyers and the law in the context of this growing and dynamic field.

LLB248 COVID-19 and the Law

The unit follows the life cycle of a pandemic, drawing on present-day examples, to develop students’ knowledge of public health law. Using Australia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as a case study, students will develop knowledge of the history of public health law and the entities tasked with pandemic preparedness. The unit will then examine the issues associated with pandemic responses, including the inherent tension between executive power and individual rights, and the impact on vulnerable communities. Finally, this unit analyses regulatory and ethical requirements relevant to vaccine development and vaccination. The unit involves a virtual placement with a community organisation to develop students’ understanding of how public health law applies in a real-world context.

LLB250 Law, Privacy and Data Ethics

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).

LLB251 Law and Design Thinking

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. Students will undertake a major project, 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 or respond to other complex legal problems.

LLB301 Real Property Law

Real Property Law is a core unit in the law degree. It is required for admission to legal practice in Australia Real property law is a significant part of legal practice in government departments, in-house positions, general practice and specialised law firms. Being able to learn and apply the foundations of real property will enable your understanding and application in other specialist areas of law, for example, family law, environmental law, corporations law, bankruptcy law and succession law (wills and estates).

LLB303 Evidence

Evidence is a core unit in the law degree. Knowledge of the rules of evidence and of the procedures by which it must be tendered and dealt with in court is necessary for the conduct of litigation as either a barrister or a solicitor and for admission to practice. This unit builds upon your study of criminal procedure in LLB106 Criminal Law.

LLB304 Commercial Remedies

An understanding of the law of remedies, including remedies available under the common law, equity and statute, is central to your ability to support common commercial practice and assist with the effective resolution of commercial disputes. It is also necessary for any legal practitioner.

LLB306 Civil Procedure

An understanding of civil procedure is required for admission to legal practice. This core unit draws on knowledge gained throughout the degree including contract law, torts, statutory interpretation and dispute resolution skills.This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of procedural law in Australia and extend your skills from earlier studies in law units, such as critical analysis and dispute resolution in LLB101, LLB102 and LLB103 and negotiation in LLB202 Contract Law.

LLB340 Banking and Finance Law

This unit examines the fundamental legal issues of banking and finance law in Australia. Advising on the legal implications of transactions is part of the work of any lawyer involved with commercial or consumer clients.

LLB341 Artificial Intelligence, Robots and the Law

As new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics become more infused in our business, government and social lives, difficult legal, ethical, regulatory and policy questions arise. Developments in machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and robotics raise interesting and urgent issues surrounding the regulation of automated decision-making, privacy, liability and insurance, competition and consumer regimes, and the future of work. This unit considers the application of existing legal and regulatory principles but also the possible need for new principles and regulatory tools. Students will consider developments and innovations in these new technologies, and how the law might be asked to respond.

LLB344 Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law is the umbrella term that encompasses the legal rights and responsibilities of creators and users of intangible goods. This subject provides you with the ability to identify issues and apply the law in the key areas of intellectual property law, including copyright and related rights, patents, trademarks, designs, and confidential information. By developing a broad understanding of these key areas of law, you will become familiar with the main structure of intellectual property law as a basis for providing advice in practice. Importantly, since this area of law is in a continual and rapid state of development, this subject is also designed to enable you to identify competing policy interests and evaluate potential changes to intellectual property law in a connected society.

LLB345 Regulating the Internet

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.

LLB346 Succession Law

Our legal system is premised on the right of individuals to own private property. Succession deals with the legal consequences of death on a person's property. It has links to other important areas of law, namely equity and trusts, property law and family law. Succession is a strongly developing area of legal practice. Family provision actions are increasing as more people challenge will dispositions or inheritance by way of intestacy on the grounds of inadequate provision. Estate planning is becoming a major area of practice. The notion of what is the 'estate' at death is a developing area of law, with some inter vivos transactions being set aside as unconscionable bargains or contracts being of limited effect. The effect of these developing remedies is to increase the 'estate' available to be distributed at death. With its links to real property, equity, trusts and family law, Succession will assist you to see the connection between different areas of law.

LLB347 Taxation Law

Taxation law is a fundamental part of general commercial practice. Therefore, knowledge of taxation legislation and its commercial application to the business environment is required. Awareness of the incidence of Commonwealth and State taxes, including income tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty, is essential in order to give advice in relation to commercial and domestic transactions.

LLB350 The Law and Ethics of War

In an increasingly globalised world it is important for legal professionals to understand how to identify, evaluate and apply the relevant law in international contexts and appreciate how international law can affect Australia's international activities and its domestic legal system. This general elective unit provides you with opportunities to further develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

LLB440 Environmental Law

The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the concepts and principles of environmental law and how they apply to contemporary environmental issues. This unit builds on the legal research skills gained in LLH201 Legal Research and the understandings of judicial review and skills in statutory interpretation of legislation from LLH206 Administrative Law. This unit will be beneficial if you are intending to practise in environmental, planning, property or construction law, or if you intend to work in the public sector in relation to the management of pollution, land or natural resources.

LLB444 Real Estate Transactions

A real estate transaction is one of the most common contracts a lawyer deals with in practice and provides the ideal vehicle for an analysis of the interaction of the principles of contract, torts, equity and property law. This unit brings the theoretical perspectives gained by you in earlier years of the LLB to an examination of a standard land sale contract, and develops your skills of problem solving, legal analysis and written communication in the context of the legal principles and practice of conveyancing in Queensland. While the unit is not essential for admission as a lawyer, it provides an excellent platform for the development of real world skills such as contract interpretation, legal writing, communication and statutory interpretation. The unit builds upon foundational knowledge you have gained in your study of property and contract law.

LLB447 International Arbitration

With globalisation comes increasing movement of people, goods, services and investments across national borders. Along with this increased mobility has been an increase in legal disputes that have a cross-border element. The unit assumes knowledge of basic substantive law in the areas of torts, contract, constitutional law and property law. A thorough knowledge will assist you in determining the jurisdictional options that may be available, thereby better advantaging a client involved in international arbitration. It is therefore essential to understand the nature, law and practice that have developed in relation to cross-border disputes.

LLB460 Competition Moots A

Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education. As a good student mooter at QUT, you have the opportunity, because of the number of national and international competitions that the QUT Law School is invited to participate in, to take your skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. Each international and national moot that you participate in requires significant preparation and attention to detail. This unit is one of a number of work integrated learning units designed to provide you with the experience of using and developing your legal knowledge and skills in a real world context. Mooting will provide you with an authentic learning experience with direct application in real world legal environments. Through this experience you should be better placed for a smooth transition to the workplace.

LLB461 Competition Moots B

Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education. As a good student mooter at QUT, you have the opportunity, because of the number of national and international competitions that the QUT Law School is invited to participate in, to take your skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. Each international and national moot that you participate in requires significant preparation and attention to detail. This unit is one of a number of work integrated learning units designed to provide you with the experience of using and developing your legal knowledge and skills in a real world context. Mooting will provide you with an authentic learning experience with direct application in real world legal environments. Through this experience you should be better placed for a smooth transition to the workplace.

LLB463 Legal Clinic (Organised Program)

This unit will enable you to experience the real world application and development of your legal knowledge and skills through participation in a  community justice project. You will work with a small group of students to assist a community legal centre or not-for-profit organisation to develop resources, undertake law reform, community legal education or other service-learning project. You will undertake legal research, draft reports, attend relevant events, prepare presentations, and other tasks under supervision. This unit affords you an authentic learning context to undertake pro bono work in a real world legal environment. Through this experience you should develop skills to be better placed for career planning and transition to the workplace.

LLB464 International Legal Placement

This unit is a work integrated learning (WIL) unit and provides you with opportunities to undertake short-term international externships, field placements and study tours overseas. Students can either apply for one of the advertised placement opportunities or can organise their own international placement with a local in-country organisation (subject to approval by the unit co-ordinator). Placement experiences cover a broad range of international work experiences, including community legal education, human rights advocacy, research and global policy, comparative law and business. The distinguishing features of this unit are the focus on experiential learning in another country, and the requirement to complete a minimum of 60 hours work either in-country or through a combination of in-country work and related research at home.

LLH201 Legal Research

In this unit, you will further develop the problem-solving and research skills which were introduced in your first year and apply them to ill-defined problems. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your career goals and strategically build your skills to enhance your employability. You will then have the opportunity to reflect on and expand your career goals in LLH401 Legal Research Capstone.

LLH206 Administrative Law

This unit examines the manner in which the executive branch of government is legally accountable, particularly in its dealings with individuals. The unit builds on key principles studied in LLB203 Constitutional Law concerning the structure and operation of our federal system of government, in order to focus on judicial and extra-judicial means of reviewing administrative action. An understanding of administrative law is required for admission into legal practice in Australia.

LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession

This unit is a core unit in the law degree and is required for admission to legal practice in Australia. It builds on the legal research and critical analysis skills developed in LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice and LLH201 Legal Research.

LLH305 Corporate Law

Corporate Law is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the key legal principles and policy issues relevant to registered companies. This unit is a compulsory area of study in the law degree and is required for admission as a legal practitioner.

LLH401 Legal Research Capstone

The final year capstone experience will support you in your transition from university to professional work. You will consolidate your legal knowledge and skills by responding to real-world legal problems and developing your professional reflection skills. You will develop an awareness and appreciation of the impact that technology is having, and will continue to have, on the way law is practised. Whether you see your future career in a law firm, community legal centre, law reform commission, government department, research institution, or somewhere else, you will need to understand the technology that is being used in practice and the ethical obligations that accompany their use. You will also broaden your capabilities in planning, developing and completing a complex research project.

LLH470 Commercial Contracts in Practice

An advanced knowledge of contract law principles and their interaction with principles of equity and property law within the Australian context is crucial for all lawyers involved in negotiating, reviewing and drafting commercial agreements. The unit draws upon the fundamental principles of contract, equity and property studied earlier in your degree to examine at an advanced level the interaction of these principles in the context of common commercial transactions, including sales, leases and share sale agreements. Relevant regulatory provisions are examined to the extent they impact on the content and interpretation of commercial agreements. The unit provides an opportunity for you to gain an enhanced understanding of the principles of contract, equity and property in the context of common practical issues related to the negotiation, drafting and interpretation of common clauses within these agreements.

LLH471 Health Law and Practice

In this honours elective unit, you will apply the skills of communication, legal reasoning, critical and creative thinking, and research project management developed throughout the degree and consolidated in LLH401 Legal Research Capstone. You will also develop advanced knowledge in relation to health care law, building on the knowledge from LLB102 Torts. The relationship between the provider of health services and the patient has, in recent times, become more complex and there is consequently a significantly growing field of related legal scholarship and litigation.

LLH472 Public International Law

As Australian legal practitioners can increasingly expect to work within a global context, an understanding of this area of law is important for all practitioners. A good understanding of public international law is also essential for anyone wishing to work with an international organisation. As an advanced law elective, Public International Law will develop advanced knowledge of how international law is created and develops, and how it is applied by governments, legislatures, courts and international agencies.

LLH473 Independent Research Project

This unit provides you with the advanced research and writing skills needed for enrolment in higher degree research programs and for the legal profession. As an advanced Honours elective, this unit builds upon the research and higher order thinking skills developed in other Honours units, including LLH201 Legal Research.

LLH474 Insolvency Law

An understanding of the principles of insolvency and restructuring law will assist you to gain a more complete grasp of the legal system, particularly in a commercial context. Knowledge of the law as it applies to both personal and corporate insolvency provides opportunity to develop your skills in a range of legal areas as well as providing a base for those interested in working in this specialised field.

LLH475 Theories of Law

This unit advances your understanding and appreciation of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the law. These notions guide the development of the policies underlying law, and inform changes to law through legislative and judicial action. This advanced elective is placed in the final year of the course as it builds on your existing attributes, skills and substantive knowledge, and develops these to a higher level.

LLH476 Competition Law

The rationale for this advanced law elective unit is to provide an overview of those provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) that regulate anti-competitive conduct and advanced knowledge of the rules regulating anti-competative conduct and access to essential services.

LLH477 Innovation and Intellectual Property Law

This unit provides a rich understanding of the most pressing challenges in IP and innovation law right now, and offers opportunities for you to select and deeply explore the legal issues that most align with your interests. You will gain new understandings of the role of IP law in the knowledge economy and in areas as diverse as culture, education, health and business. You will cultivate critical-thinking and decision-making skills that will inform your professional practice and empower you to imagine and realise change. This unit provides you with the skills necessary to be an agile and resilient learner and future-focused legal professional. This unit is offered as an advanced elective in the Law (Honours) degree as part of the intellectual property and innovation law group. It builds on the formative knowledge provided in the electives LLB344 Intellectual Property Law and LLB345 Regulating the Internet.

LLH478 Advanced Criminal Law - Principles and Practice

A knowledge of criminal law and procedure is a requirement for admission to legal practice. Advanced knowledge of criminal law requires an understanding of the rapidly evolving, theoretical and applied contexts for those seeking to work within the criminal justice system. This advanced elective unit examines the changing role of the lawyer, judge and other justice professionals within the specialist criminal courts, lists and jurisdictions through the critical lens of therapeutic jurisprudence – in light of such developments as: problem solving and treatment courts, neurolaw, diversion programs, predictive algorithms and risk management tools.

LLH479 Research Thesis Extension

This unit will develop students' independent research and writing skills. It is for students considering a future career conducting research and managing research projects in public, community and private enterprises. The unit culminates with the production of a 10 000 word thesis. Completion of the thesis (and award of a 1 or 2A Honours) will be a strong basis for a competitive entry and scholarship application into Australian and overseas PhD programs. This unit builds upon the research and writing skills and experiences in the earlier honours courses, by applying the knowledge and experience to a supervised research project. Research topics will be nominated by supervisors. You will need to enrol in this unit in order to apply for a research project. However, your enrolment does not guarantee that you will be allocated to a research project and will be able to undertake this unit. Projects will be allocated by the end of week 1.  

LPP111 Lawyers' Skills

This unit provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the lawyering skills identified in the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council’s (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee’s  (LACC) have published standards for the pre-admission practical training of Australian legal practitioners. Those standards have been adopted in Queensland as part of the admission rules for the legal profession. This unit focuses on covers the skills area of the 'Lawyer's Skills' described  as contained in those standards, which include interviewing, negotiation, advocacy and writing skills. 

LPP112 Work Skills

This unit provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the values, work and risk management capabilities and financial awareness that the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council’s (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee’s (LACC) standards for the pre-admission practical training of Australian legal practitioners. Those standards have been adopted in Queensland as part of the admission rules for the legal profession. This unit covers the values of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the skills areas of Trust and Office Accounting and Work Management and Business Skills described in those standards.

LPP113 Civil Litigation

This unit provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the area of Civil Litigation as described in the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council's (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's (LACC) standards for the pre-admission practical training of Australian legal practitioners. Those standards have been adopted in Queensland as part of the admission rules for the legal profession. In this unit you will learn how to institute and run a civil proceedings up to the point of settlement before trial.

LPP114 Commercial

This unit provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the area of corporate and commercial practice as described in the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council's (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's (LACC) standards for the pre-admission practical training of Australian legal practitioners. Those standards have been adopted in Queensland as part of the admission rules for the legal profession. In this unit you will advise a client on aspects of setting up a proprietary company, draft conditions for a contract for the sale of a business and advised on due diligence and take other steps on behalf of a buyer of a business.

LPP115 Property

This unit provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the Property area of practice as described in the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council's (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's LACC) standards for the pre-admission practical training of Australian legal practitioners. Those standards have been adopted in Queensland as part of the admission rules for the legal profession. In this unit you will act for the purchaser of a residential property and provide advice on a lease and mortgage and critical forms for those transactions.

LPP116 Electives

In this unit you choose two practice areas from the eight practice areas that the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) have designated as the eight 'elective' practice areas for the purpose of admission to the legal profession. People who wish to be admitted to the legal profession in Australia are required to have demonstrated basic competence in two of those eight areas.  This unit provides you with an opportunity to explore the two areas of practice that you choose from the eight. 

LPP118 Placement

In this unit, you complete a placement in a private, government, community, in-house or other workplace that provides legal services under the supervision of legal practitioner or judicial officer.  The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council's (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's (LACC)  standards for the pre-admission practical training of Australian legal practitioners, provide that you need to complete a placement in a law office if you wish to be admitted to the legal profession.Those standards have been adopted in Queensland as part of the admission rules for the legal profession. 

LWN050 Competition Law

The unit provides an overview of the anti-competitive practices, including cartel conduct, that are proscribed by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

LWN075 International Commercial Transactions

This unit addresses a broad range of legal problems that arise in the formation and operation of commercial transactions of an international nature. An understanding of the law and practice regarding international commercial transactions is a basic prerequisite for the development of trade with Australian businesses, such activity being generally recognised as crucial to Australia's economic well-being.

LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics

The relationship between law and ethics in healthcare is important, as health knowledge and interventions and our understandings of the respective roles, responsibilities and rights of health professionals, health organisations, patients and the state, amongst others, continue to rapidly develop and evolve. This unit explores the relationship between law and ethics to lay the foundations of an understanding of both law and ethics as they relate to healthcare.

LWN188 Advanced Taxation Law

In most legal transactions, there is a requirement to consider and obtain taxation law advice. Such transactions range from buying and selling a business to finalising a property settlement in family law. It is important, therefore, that lawyers have an understanding of important taxation issues so that they may provide a more comprehensive service to their clients.

LWN206 Mediation

Mediation is a structured negotiation process that can be used to resolve disputes in a diverse range of areas, such as in legal, workplace, consumer, construction and education settings. This unit will provide you with an introduction to mediation and negotiation, some of the causes of conflict and how to manage power imbalances. You will be introduced to facilitative mediation and will learn how to conduct a facilitative mediation process at a basic level. If you complete the optional further 2 day national mediation assessment workshop and pass your national mediation assessment, you will, within 6 months of passing your assessment, be able to apply to an accrediting body to become a nationally accredited mediator.   

LWN301 Principles of Australian Contract Law

The law of contract provides an understanding of promises which are legally binding, how contractual promises may be characterised and the significance of that characterisation, and how contractual promises may be discharged or invalidated. Contract law is the basis for transactions involving the supply of goods and services and is the primary means by which the ownership of property is transferred.

LWN305 Australian Applied Law

This unit is designed to transition higher degree students from international and non-legal backgrounds into the application of law at a postgraduate level. The unit promotes a deep understanding of the way in which the main principles and concepts of the common law system operate in the contemporary context, comparing and contrasting them with other legal systems. It contextualises issues pertaining to the common law system and its operations and provides students with a specialised skills in doctrinal legal research and scholarly legal writing.

LWN601-2 Professional Project in Law

Your study in this unit will provide you with assistance to complete the project you commenced in LWN601- 1 Professional Project in Law. LWN601-2 provides you with an opportunity to consolidate the research skills developed in previous units to demonstrate your expert knowledge in a specialised area of law in which you have a particular interest. You will build on the expert knowledge and skills you have developed in the units in your major or elective choices. While your research will be individual, you will work with other students in your group who are researching under the joint supervision of an expert in the field.

LWN711 Legal Analytics

We live in an era where data is fundamentally changing many aspects of society, including the law. The day-to-day work of legal practice is informed by computational tools that can help lawyers more accurately evaluate risk and predict outcomes for their clients. This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand data analysis and the ethics of data collection, aggregation and use. You will develop technical concepts and vocabulary to effectively communicate with clients, technological innovators, and regulators dealing with complex issues arising out of the development and deployment of new data-driven technologies in legal contexts. These skills will help you analyse the social impact of technological innovation, and learn how to identify bias, uncertainty, and incomplete data and apply ethical frameworks. 

LWN712 Legal Design Online

In ‘Legal Design Online’, you will leverage a range of technologies to apply design thinking methodologies to contemporary legal problems and create human-centred solutions to contemporary legal problems. Using empathic and innovative mindsets, you will develop a deep understanding of your client(s) problems and needs, identify assumptions and implications, ideate solutions using constraints to promote creativity, and prototype and test your solutions. You will develop skills in evaluating and using technology-based tools for online communication, collaboration, creativity, ideation, prototyping, and testing. You will reflect on your skills development and project experience to undertake a career network analysis, and learn how to build connectedness and social capital in a fast-changing professional landscape. 

LWN713 Legal Tech

This unit offers highly practical lab-based work where you learn the fundamentals of automating legal services and developing legal decision support systems, as well as learning to develop skills required for designing new technologies to aid the practice of law. The unit introduces you to the relationship between law and technology from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Innovation and technology are new focuses in the legal profession and industry, and automation is transforming the nature of legal practice. The aim of this unit is to give theoretically informed as well as practical experience in producing the new ‘legal technologies’ that are emerging as significant elements in legal industry and practice. You will also gain the knowledge, skills, and critical faculties to determine their appropriate application. Finally, you will gain insight into the interesting and challenging problems in translating legal language and legal techniques into computer code.