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
The rise of the Internet and the rapid development of technological applications is changing the way in which business is being conducted, how fraud is occurring, and, consequently, how forensic accountants investigate and analyse digital data. This unit introduces students to a variety of technological developments and their forensics and analytics implications, along with technical investigative approaches for monitoring and assessing potential fraud. In addition, students will be able to recognise the new data risks and governance issues facing organisations in the digital age. This insight will assist students to develop both theoretical and practical knowledge by understanding how digital technologies and data are being used to investigate fraud and create business intelligence. This unit is a foundation of the Forensics second major and Forensics and Data Analytics minor and will equip students with up-to-date tools and techniques used in forensic investigation.
The role of a forensic accountant involves many different tasks including profiling, interviewing, expert witness work and risk management. Fraud is an ever present problem in a technology driven business environment and understanding how fraud occurs and can be prevented and detected is becoming a necessity for business operations. Governance issues have an increasingly large impact on business due to the electronic and global nature of business operations. Therefore, an understanding of how IT governance assists forensic accountants in their risk management role, particularly in relation to fraud detection and prevention, is particularly important. From a legal perspective, understanding criminal and civil jurisdictions, gathering evidence, interviewing suspects, knowledge of evidentiary rules and the expert witness role is essential knowledge for those wishing to enter the forensic accounting profession
This unit is designed for students intending to pursue professional careers in business, particularly accounting or financial planning, and introduces ethical issues associated with the roles of directors, executives and professionals. With a particular focus on the ethical competencies and obligations required of those providing financial advice and accounting services, the unit also specifically addresses the development of trust within professional relationships. Practical considerations regarding how to develop effective non-verbal and verbal communication skills with clients and other stakeholders are also of continuing importance in professional contexts and are explored in this unit.
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.
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.
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.
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.