Law and justice units

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.

Accountancy

  • AYB114 Forensic Digital Analysis

    The rise of the Internet and the rapid development of technological applications is significantly changing the way in which business is being conducted, how fraud is occurring, and, consequently, how forensic accountants investigate and analyse digital data. The technologies that impact on business operations and fraud investigation include Office technologies, Social Media, Mobile applications, Virtual technologies and Cloud Computing. In addition, a significant increase in the use of mobile devices has implications for businesses and for the way forensic accountants investigate fraud related issues. Therefore, although these tools are enabling businesses to create new business process and product/service opportunities that transcend the barriers of distance and time, they have also enabled the ways in which fraud can be perpetrated. This unit introduces students to the ways in which a myriad of digital data can be investigated and analysed. In addition, students will be able to recognise the new data risks and governance issues facing organisations in the digital age. Studying a variety of these technological developments and software used to analyse data emanating from the various technologies will provide students with up-to-date tools and techniques used in forensic investigation.

  • AYB115 Governance, Fraud and Investigation

    Governance issues and fraud have an increasingly large impact on business. When implementing business strategies, professionals in all sectors of the economy are confronted by a wide range of governance issues because of the electronic and global nature of their business operations. 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. Business professionals need to have an understanding of the IT governance issues, be familiar with risk management, fraud detection and prevention, gathering evidence and have an understanding of legal issues that are associated with the forensic accounting role, including participation in a mock trial.

  • AYN458 Ethics and Professional Relationships

    Ethical failures in financial services and accounting have caused significant damage and have eroded the trust traditionally placed in professionals. For students intending to pursue professional careers in business, particularly accounting or financial planning, it is imperative that they have the ethical competencies to meet their professional responsibilities and contribute to the public interest. Practical considerations regarding how to develop effective communication skills with clients and other stakeholders are also of continuing importance in professional contexts.

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

    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.

  • JSB172 Professional Academic Skills

    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.

  • JSB173 Understanding the Criminal Justice System

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

  • JSB176 Criminal Law in Context

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

  • JSB178 Policy, Governance and Justice

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

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

Accountancy

  • AYB200 Financial Accounting

    External financial reports are a legal requirement for companies under the Australian Corporations Act and provide decision-useful information for interested users. Therefore, it is a requirement for accountants working in industry to know and understand: accounting concepts and procedures; specific technical accounting and legal requirements; and, general professional and ethical concepts. These are required in order to be able to prepare, present and explain external financial reports for users. Similarly, this knowledge and skill is a requirement for auditors who perform audits and reviews of external financial reports.

  • AYB205 Law of Business Entities

    Under Australian law, both individuals and businesses may organise their affairs through various types of business structures. Each structure has characteristics that differ and each structure affects the nature of their responsibilities, obligations, internal and external relationships. Accountants are often called upon to audit, advise and assist clients with their business endeavours and are required to understand the attributes of such business structures and the laws and regulations that affect them.

  • AYB219 Taxation Law

    As many business decisions involve a consideration of the taxation implications, Accountancy graduates should possess a basic knowledge of the Australian taxation system so that they can develop skills required for professional practice. The purpose of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of the basic fundamentals of taxation. AYB219 Taxation Law is a prerequisite for AYB320 Advanced Taxation Law.

  • AYB221 Accounting Systems and Analytics

    Accounting information systems are an essential element of any business. An appreciation of accounting in a modern electronic environment, how accounting systems are designed and how analytics can be applied in accounting, are therefore crucial to the study of real world accounting systems. This unit builds on the knowledge attained in the prerequisite subjects and applies it to accounting information systems environment.

  • AYB225 Management Accounting

    All firms, regardless of industry type, make use of a range of existing management accounting techniques to accumulate and track costs of their products or services. This data is used to develop both long-term and short-term plans and strategies which help firms achieve and maintain their competitive advantage. Accordingly, Accountants need to know about the costing techniques used by firms, understand cost terminology and cost allocation methods, and be able to identify and provide management with relevant information to inform their decision making.

  • AYB227 International Accounting

    As business and financial markets have become increasingly globalised, the significance of the differences in international, financial, accounting policies, and disclosure and reporting practices, has become more important, especially from the perspective of management, financial analysts and other users of financial statements including trillion dollar pension/superannuation funds. For these key interest groups, it is vital not only to be aware of international differences in financial accounting policies and practices, but also to be able to assess their impact on earnings and assets and key performance indicators and ratios, for example, return on assets. Additional key issues in globalised business operations relate to an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity issues and the global trends in global corporate sustainability, international taxation and international audit.

  • AYB230 Corporations Law

    Individuals and businesses may organise their affairs through various legal structures. One of the most common ways to organise a business structure is through incorporation. Accordingly, accountants should have a detailed knowledge about this particular type of business structure.

  • AYB232 Financial Services Regulation and Law

    This course is developed for students who will be, or intend to embark on careers as, financial advisors and planners, accountants, auditors, business analysts and stockbrokers. It is designed to aid the students' understanding of the regulatory fundamentals and the key provisions of the law and regulations relating to corporate securities and financial services.

  • AYB240 Superannuation and Retirement Planning

    This unit introduces students to the Australian superannuation system and the regulatory framework under which it operates. The unit aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the superannuation system to equip graduates seeking career opportunities in financial planning, or other areas of business dealing with superannuation-related matters affecting organisations and/or individuals.

  • AYB250 Personal Financial Planning

    With the increasing complexity of taxation laws, the ageing population and the focus on self-reliance in retirement, individuals expect their financial advisers  to be professionally equipped to assist them in effective investment and risk management and also with complex retirement planning strategies. As a result, many professional accounting firms, banks and independent financial advise firms now offer financial planning services as part and parcel of the services they are offering to their individual clients. QUT graduates who have acquired skills and knowledge in this area will have a definite competitive advantage when seeking financial planning related employment.

  • AYB301 Audit and Assurance

    Audit and Assurance is a third year unit, which is included in the degree program to enable students to comprehend the key concepts of auditing as a discipline, to demonstrate the relationship between auditing and the systems of accountability and to demonstrate the differences between manual and computerised information systems (CIS) audit processes. The unit builds on the knowledge of accounting and accounting standards acquired in prior units by enabling students to understand in detail the audit process (including professional auditing standards and techniques and ethical requirements) which leads to the auditor providing an opinion on the truth and fairness of financial reports of various types of entities.

  • AYB311 Financial Accounting Issues

    This unit extends the knowledge acquired in ealier accounting units to examine accounting theories and reporting practices adopted in the financial statements of reporting entities and publicly listed companies to meet the decision-making needs of external parties. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of, and the ability to critically evaluate, how regulatory requirements and incentives affect financial reporting. The unit explores the different governance models of corporations and relates them to their financial reporting environment. This framework provides a basis for examining specific accounting issues with an emphasis on both the application of specific accounting measurement models (historic cost versus fair value) or regulatory provisions (continuous disclosure requirements). The unit concludes by analysing key issues of debate in the international arena.

  • AYB320 Advanced Taxation Law

    As many business decisions involve a consideration of the taxation implications, accountancy graduates should possess knowledge of the Australian taxation system so that they can develop skills required for professional practice. The purpose of this unit is to enhance student's understanding of taxation concepts by extending the basic fundamental principles learned in AYB219 Taxation Law and exploring advanced taxation concepts in more depth.

  • AYB321 Strategic Management Accounting

    This unit develops a holistic view of organisations, strategy and management accounting, providing an in-depth understanding of management accounting tools and techniques designed to support strategy. It builds on the technical knowledge gained in AYB225 Management Accounting by taking a more strategic orientation to the application of these techniques to aid in managerial decision-making. The unit examines contemporary issues in management accounting and considers the skills and competences that management accountants should develop to stay competitive as value-adding members of management teams. Students will explore the dynamism of contemporary management accounting techniques and practices, ensuring they can identify problems and apply the analytical skills needed when making decisions within firms. Students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and develop the reflective and higher order thinking required of strategic decision makers in an uncertain world.

  • AYB340 Company Accounting

    A large number of entities are companies rather than, for example, sole traders or partnerships. Accordingly, as an accountant, most of the work you will undertake as a practitioner will involve accounting for companies. In this context, accountants are required to interpret and apply accounting standards, and other statutory requirements governing the accounting procedures reflected in the content of a company's financial statements. Accountants are also required to integrate and apply academic accounting knowledge to solving problems that arise in practice. This unit contributes to the knowledge and skills you will need to prepare financial statements for companies. This unit builds on the prerequisite units by applying accounting principles to complex company accounting issues. It also provides a foundation for subsequent units, which develop critical analytical skills through an examination of theoretical accounting issues, accounting regulation and practice.

  • AYB341 Forensic and Business Analytics

    With the digitisation of information, management have become increasingly reliant on comprehensive and timely data driven reporting as their primary mechanism for capturing and evaluating business performance and for making urgent, strategic, high-risk decisions. This unit provides students with theoretical and practical skills in forensic and business intelligence through the use of SAS and other technologies, to investigate business related data resources to identify fraud, and to support corporate performance and decision making.

  • AYN414 Cost and Management Accounting

    All firms, regardless of industry type, make use of a range of existing management accounting techniques to accumulate and track the costs of their products or services. These data are used to develop both long-term and short-term plans and strategies which help firms achieve and maintain their competitive advantage. Accordingly, accountants need to know about the costing techniques used by firms, understand cost terminology and cost allocation methods, and be able to identify and provide management with relevant information to inform their decision making.

  • AYN416 Financial Accounting Processes

    All firms need to prepare financial statements at least annually. AYN416 provides a comprehensive introduction to financial accounting processes from both a practical and theoretical viewpoint. Being the first accounting unit in the Master of Business (Professional Accounting) AYN416 also provides the foundation for studies in all the other accounting related units in the degree course particularly AYN417 Corporate Accounting and AYN418 Advanced Financial Accounting.

  • AYN424 Accountability of Transnational Corporations

    As business and financial markets have become increasingly globalised, the significance of the differences in international accounting policies and disclosure and reporting practices, has become more important, especially from the perspective of managers, financial analysts and other users of financial statements. This unit is designed to provide students with an insight into, and an appreciation of, many of the financial accounting reporting, disclosure and enforcement issues faced by global corporations in an international business environment. This unit provides you with an understanding of the unique financial accounting and reporting, taxation and corporate governance issues associated with global business operations. It will assist you to identify and understand the motivations of key national and international stakeholders and to develop the skills necessary to analyse, compare, contrast, and report on the performance levels of global corporations.

  • AYN456 Business and Corporations Law

    As many business decisions involve a consideration of business and corporate law, postgraduates with an accountancy degree should possess a basic understanding of the Australian legal system, as well as knowledge of business and company law as this will equip them with skills required for professional practice. The rationale for this unit is to introduce students to the Australian legal environment and to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of business law and company law. Students will be encouraged to develop their research and analytical skills relevant to contemporary business and corporate practice.

  • AYN457 Financial Planning Principles and Regulation

    This unit aims to introduce students to key financial planning processes, concepts, issues, ethics requirements, laws and regulations applicable to financial services in Australia.  Introduction to financial planning areas of investments and asset allocations, taxation planning, insurance and risk management, superannuation and retirement planning and statement of advice processes are covered.  Responsibilities and obligations for licencees and their representatives are also discussed. This includes requirements pertaining to disclosure obligations for financial products and services, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML & CTF), privacy, statement of advice, and Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) requirements.The foundation knowledge and skills learned in this unit form the basis for further postgraduate study in the financial planning discipline.

Civil engineering & the built environment

  • USB243 Property Legislation

    A practicing property professional and property valuer needs a good understanding of several areas of property related legislation to be able to manage and avoid risk, identify property and valuation legal issues as they arise and identify when specialised legal counsel is necessary. This unit focuses on extending and applying the theoretical knowledge obtained in Experience Property and Urban Development Law to explore how Commonwealth and State legislation is applied to property practice., with a particular focus on statutory valuation and compulsory acquisition/resumption.

  • 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. Utilising Australian and other case studies, you will be introduced to a range of policies and interventions associated with the construction of the modern penal system. The various stages of the development of penal policy will be covered. The unit will challenge you to think critically about a range of key issues confronting the penal system and policy-makers.

  • JSB208 Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

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

  • JSB209 Transnational Organised Crime and Terrorism

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

  • JSB219 Case Studies in Major Crime

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

  • JSB224 Understanding Trauma in Criminology

  • JSB227 The History of Criminal Prosecution

  • 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

    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.

  • JSB263 Australian Political Institutions

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

  • 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

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

  • JSB272 Theories of Crime

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • JSB287 Crime in Popular Culture

    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.

  • JSB290 Victimology

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

  • JSB364 Cybercrime

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

  • JSB367 Intelligence and Security

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

  • JSB372 Youth Justice

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

  • JSB374 Crime Prevention

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

  • JSB379 Political Practice, People Power, and Protest

    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.

  • JSB380 Critical Policy Analysis

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

  • JSB386 Death Investigation

    The investigation of death 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.

  • JSB390 Real Skills for the Real World - Justice Capstone

    Employers expect graduates to be competent, professional and prepared to meet the demands of the workplace. This capstone unit will provide students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned in their Justice degree. They will learn transferable workplace skills which meet the demands of the workplace. These include: %emsp;write an effective cover letter %emsp;write a resume %emsp;write a selection criteria %emsp;design a business card for networking %emsp;learn interview skills %emsp;learn effective professional networking These skills will prepare students for the real world. Delivered in a series of workshops, activities and assessment items are designed to guide students for the real world for professional practice.

  • JSN165 Policy, Governance and Justice

    This foundational unit is designed to develop the skills required for research and policy positions in government agencies. This unit will enhance the key vocational skills required for working in any government agency. All government agencies require similar writing, communication and consultation skills for developing policy. This unit will enhance knowledge on the policy cycle and the wider policy issues associated in government and social justice environments. The unit also seeks to build knowledge of theories and types of corruption, the psychology and sociology of ethical judgement, along with an advanced understanding of public sector ethics.

  • JSN166 Justice Institutions

    An understanding of Australian government institutions is critical for students who wish to work effectively in or alongside the public sector. This unit will provide you with advanced knowledge of governance institutions at all levels of Australian government, as well as the related ethical obligations of public officials in such institutions.

  • JSN167 Public Sector Research Skills and Methods

    It is essential that students have knowledge and understanding of applied research so that they may work effectively in professional research and policy contexts (e.g. government, non-government and academic). This unit builds applied research and policy evaluation knowledge and skills for use in public policy development.

  • JSN168 Critical Policy Skills

    The ability to undertake rigorous, effective and critically informed analyses of justice-related policies is an essential attribute of policy professionals. Furthermore, the ability to effectively engage with stakeholders and design and oversee the successful implementation of policy is vital for capable and impacting public and private sector employees. It is imperative that those employed in areas connected to government policy are equipped with a variety of practical and theoretically informed tools with which to undertake such tasks, 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 develop in this area and build on them in order to hone and practise these capabilities.

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 is a core unit in your law degree as familiarity with criminal law is essential for understanding the relationship between individuals and the State. It is also required for your admission to legal practice. In this unit, you will futher examine the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal knowledges and perspectives of law that were introduced in LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice.

  • 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 constitional 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. 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 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

    Legal professionals assisting clients who are entering into relationships or experiencing relationship breakdown are involved in helping them plan their future financial and parenting arrangements. Their role, when assisting clients after separation, is to help their clients find the most appropriate forms of dispute resolution and to minimise conflict experienced by family members, particularly where there are children. Family lawyers are most often engaged in matters involving future arrangements for children and financial issues, such as property settlement, spousal maintenance and child support. They also assist clients in applications to seek protection for family violence. This unit is important if you are considering working anywhere within the family law system or in general practice. It is an 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.

  • LLB250 Law, Privacy and Data Ethics

    We live in an era where data is fundamentally changing many aspects of society, including the law. Major advances in data collection and artificial intelligence are creating new ethical and legal challenges across many different social domains.. The large-scale collection and aggregation of data is becoming increasingly crucial to many businesses, but also raises serious privacy concerns and ethical risks. Similarly, the application of predictive analytics can create competitive advantages and new value for businesses, but raises important legal and ethical issues, including problems of bias, discrimination, fairness, and transparency.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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 subject 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

    Banking and Finance Law covers the principal areas of activity of lenders in commercial and consumer transactions. You will develop an understanding of the Australian financial system, the regulation of lenders and the legal relationships between lenders and their customers.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 focuses on the knowledge that you need to understand law and regulation in the digital age. It helps you gain a thorough knowledge of the structure, governance and regulation of the Internet. You will be able to apply this knowledge to critically evaluate regulatory options for new digital technologies and to develop risk management strategies for stakeholders.

  • LLB346 Succession Law

    Our legal system is premised on the right of individuals to own private property. As succession deals with the legal consequences of death on a person's property, it is a natural and logical part of a complete course in real property. It has links to other important areas of law, namely equity and trusts and family law, and is considered by some to be a branch of family law, because the redistribution of property usually occurs in the family context. Succession is a strongly developing area of legal practice. Family provision actions are increasing as many more persons 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. Some states have an expanded concept of a 'notional estate', which may be introduced in Queensland with the development of Uniform Probate Laws. Succession with its links to real property, equity and family law will assist you to see the links 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.

  • LLB348 Socio-Legal Research Methods

    This elective unit builds on your doctrinal legal research skills and the research that you have carried out for units in another discipline at tertiary level, and provides you with foundational skills in socio-legal research and the critical evaluation of socio-legal research conducted by other researchers. The unit has been developed to inspire you, and to equip you with the skills required, to carry out socio-legal research projects.

  • LLB349 Japanese Law

    In the Asian Century, the centre of economic activity is shifting to the East. As the world's third largest economy and one of Australia's closest strategic and valued trade partners, Japan is a key player in this new global order. Future practitioners and policy-makers, therefore, must not only be able to assess contemporary developments in Japanese law, society and the economy, but also acquire broader capabilities in Asia-literate transnational lawyering. A knowledge of Japanese language or culture is NOT necessary to successfully complete this unit.

  • LLB350 The Law and Ethics of War

    The Law and Ethics of War develops knowledge of legal and ethical issues relating to international law regulating recourse to violence (the jus ad bellum) and the conduct of hostilities (the jus in bello or international humanitarian law). The unit looks at some of the main ethical arguments for and against war and, drawing on past and current real-world case studies, it deals with a range of topical issues such as the use of military force against non-state terrorist groups, the responsibility to protect populations from mass atrocity crimes, and the means and methods of warfare. The unit builds on knowledge and skills developed in earlier core units and in recommended electives, including LLB141 Introduction to International Law.

  • 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. Real Estate Transactions gives students an understanding of the operation of contract law, real property and equity in the context of a typical land transaction and develops the skills of statutory interpretation, drafting and written communication.

  • 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

    As an advanced law elective, Competition Law builds upon students' knowledge of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and critically examines the rules regulating anti-competitive conduct and access to essential services. The unit develops advanced knowledge, critical thinking skills and research skills within the context of commercial transactions such as mergers, joint ventures, distribution and supply arrangements and intellectual property licences.

  • 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.

  • LPP111 Lawyers' Skills

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee 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 covers the skills area of 'Lawyer's Skills' as contained in those standards.

  • LPP112 Work Skills

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (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 covers the values of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the skills areas of Trust and Office Accounting and Work Management and Business Skills as contained in those standards.

  • LPP113 Civil Litigation

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (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 covers the core practice area of 'Civil litigation practice' as contained in those standards.

  • LPP114 Commercial

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (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 covers the core practice area of 'Commercial and Corporate Law Practice' as contained in those standards.

  • LPP115 Property

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee 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 covers the core practice area of 'Property Law Practice' as contained in those standards.

  • LPP116 Electives

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (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 covers the 'Elective' practice areas as contained in those standards.

  • LPP117 Interaction

    A competent legal practitioner has an ability to manage her or his client's matter in a cost and time-efficient manner and in a manner that reduces risk for both the client and practitioner. A competent legal practitioner also has the ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and bodies such as courts. This unit seeks to extend your abilities in these areas above the threshold required for admission to the legal profession.

  • LPP118 Placement

    The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (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. The standards require all persons undertaking practical legal training in an institutional course to complete a placement in a law office.

  • 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).

  • LWN051 Consumer Law

    The rationale for the unit Consumer Law is to provide an overview of the consumer protection provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

  • LWN065 Construction and Engineering Law

    Preparation of construction and engineering contracts has now become a distinct area of legal practice, with many firms having established sections that specialise in this area. A sound knowledge of the standard forms used in the industries and the special principles of law applicable to this area is essential for those wishing to practise in the area. This unit provides the knowledge sought by current and future practitioners and those considering embarking upon research in this area.

  • 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.

  • LWN083 Estate Planning

    During the period when death duties were imposed at both the State and Federal levels, professional interest in this area was high as the public perceived the need for expert professional advice, particularly as it related to the structuring of a person's affairs to minimise the impost of these duties. The emergence of capital gains tax, together with an emphasis generally on financial planning, has again brought this area to prominence. The ageing population, increasing incidences of mentally disabling conditions such as dementia, and the effect of familial breakdown as the nature of 'family' evolves in modern society have also drawn attention to the need for satisfactory future planning. Estate planning can provide mechanisms for the protection and transmission of wealth, but also a sense of security for the individual. This unit seeks to conceptualise a framework in which estate planning issues can be critically considered.

  • LWN099 Intellectual Property Law

    Intellectual property law has become fundamentally important to our modern, connected society. This unit will provide an introduction to those areas of intellectual property law that commercial legal practitioners are likely to encounter in their everyday practice. It will also examine the current policy debates in the field of intellectual property as the law adapts to the digital age. Being able to navigate and exploit intellectual property is of fundamental importance to the knowledge economy and information society. Intellectual property law is the umbrella term that encompasses the legal rights and responsibilities of creators and users of intangible goods. This subject provides students 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.

  • 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 these significant taxation issues so that they may provide a more comprehensive service to their clients.

  • LWN194 Select Issues in Medical Law and Ethics

    Some of the debates at the forefront of contemporary issues in ethics and health law can be resolved by clarifying the fundamental concepts that are presupposed by participants in those debates. For example, some proponents of the legalisation of euthanasia claim that withholding and withdrawing medical treatment is no different from providing a lethal injection. Whether or not this claim is true depends on how euthanasia is defined, and so is a conceptual, rather than a moral, issue. A similar approach can bear much fruit in many other controversial areas in this field, including dilemmas about embryonic stem cell research, reproductive ethics, organ donation and the definition of death, and the ethics of human enhancement technologies. This unit explores these common dilemmas using this approach.

  • LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution

    In Australian family law, litigation is an option of last resort and parties in parenting cases are required to attempt resolution of their disputes before filing applications in courts, unless their case falls within the exceptions, such as where there are issues of family violence or urgency. In financial disputes, judicial officers recommend that parties attempt negotiation or mediation prior to filing a court application. It is essential that professionals working in family law have a knowledge and understanding of the family dispute resolution system. Future family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) require a knowledge and understanding of the family dispute resolution (FDR) system, communication skills and an understanding of how to effectively facilitate FDR using the faciliative mediation model. They also need to understand the legislative and ethical obligations of FDRPs and how to conduct intake and screening to assess suitability for mediation. This unit follows LWN206 Mediation, being the second in a series of units to complete if you are seeking family dispute resolution practitioner accreditation. After this unit you complete LWN209 Case Management and either QUT Family Mediation Practice or your own placement approved by the QUT Law School. Once you have satisfactorily completed all of these units and your supervised practice, we can issue you with a cert

  • LWN206 Mediation

    This unit complies with the knowledge and skills requirements of the national mediation standards and provides you with the option of undertaking a national mediation assessment. If you pass this assessment you can apply to an accrediting body to become a nationally accredited mediator. It is also the first in a series of units to be completed if you are seeking family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation. Successful completion of this unit, LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution, LWN209 Case Management and the remaining 20 hours of supervised practice will complete the necessary knowledge and skills requirements to become an accredited FDRP You will also need to comply with the personal requirements for FDRP accreditation, such as the requirements for good character, eligibility to work with children and criminal history. See the requirements on the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner accreditation webpage.

  • LWN209 Case Management

    To work effectively as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), you need to develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and strategies to conduct intake and screening and to facilitate family dispute resolution processes with families in high conflict. You undertake this unit after successful completion of LWN206 Mediation and LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution and if you are seeking to become an accredited FDRP. You will participate in a range of simulations and clinical activities to enable you to further develop your family dispute resolution knowledge, skills and strategies. In addition to this unit, you must undertake 20 hours of supervised FDR practice to become an accredited FDRP. You will need to find your own supervised practice placement to complete this 20 hours of supervised practice. Your application for FDRP accreditation is your own responsibility. You are also responsible for ensuring that you can comply with the other requirements for FDRP accreditation.

  • LWN210 Family Mediation Practice

    To work effectively as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) you need to develop a broad range of family dispute resolution (FDR) knowledge, skills and ethical awareness to conduct Intake and Screening and to facilitate FDR processes with families who may be in high conflict. You undertake this unit after successful completion of LWN206 Mediation and LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution (or equivalent) and if you are seeking to become an accredited FDRP with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. Before enrolling in this unit, you also need to be a nationally accredited mediator registered with an accrediting body such as the Queensland Law Society, Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute and hold current mediator insurance. You will undertake 20 hours of FDR practice under the supervision of accredited FDRPs. You will facilitate FDR sessions with real clients in the QUT Family Mediation Service which runs out of the QUT Health Clinic at Kelvin Grove campus. A certificate of completion that you can use to apply for FDRP accreditation with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department will only be issued on your completion of 50 hours of supervised FDR practice which can be completed by you completing both LWN209 Case Management and this unit.

  • 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.

  • LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies

    This unit provides you with an opportunity to develop a research project on a law-related issue, using appropriate research frameworks, methods and principles. You will demonstrate your knowledge of research methods and advanced research skills by reviewing the literature relevant to your law-related issue, identifying gaps in previous research, explaining the research problem you are investigating, and drafting a research proposal identifying the research question (and sub-questions), intellectual framework, and research methods to address the research question.

  • 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.

  • LWN401 General Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

    The unit serves as an overview of the principal areas of intellectual property in contemporary society and introduces the principles of intellectual property law through a study of the concepts, principles and policies of intellectual property law.

  • LWN402 Patents and Biotechnological Inventions

    The unit introduces the role of patent law in protecting  creative activities in diverse fields of industry and notably in biotechnology and information technology. It focuses upon the workings of the patent system in the contemporary context.

  • LWN403 Copyright and Related Rights

    This unit analyses the complexities of copyright law in the digital age. It introduces the concepts of copyright law and the principles and policies of copyright law. It especially focuses on intermediary liability, the remix and reuse culture, digital rights management and technological protection measures, parody, satire rights and open content licensing.

  • LWN404 Trade Marks, Domain Names and Geographical Indications

    This unit details the legal protection provided to trade marks under legislation and the common law, introducing  the principles of law required for obtaining, maintaining, managing and exploiting a registered trademark under the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth).

  • LWN405 Industrial Designs Law and Practice and Plant Variety Protection

    This unit examines the legal protection provided to industrial designs and new plant varieties under both national and international legislation. It focuses on the increasing economical importance of industrial designs and investigates the various national and international principles of law required for obtaining, maintaining, managing and exploiting industrial designs, and enforcing their protection.

  • LWN406 Traditional Knowledge and other Emerging Issues, Interface between Antitrust and IP Rights

    Intellectual property rights are being continuously reshaped to adapt to dramatic changes and are facing unprecedented challenges. In the knowledge and information technology age where knowledge and IP-based assets have become key factors in global competition and economic growth, intellectual property law has become a crucial crossover for several economical, scientific and political decisions and the awareness of the ethical implications connected to intellectual property law is constantly growing.

  • LWN407 Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation

    It is of fundamental significance that the creation of new intellectual property and registration (where appropriate) leads to production of new products or services for introduction into the marketplace. This usually occurs through the process of commercialisation. This unit investigates the key issues dealing with commercialisation of intellectual property in order to apply strategies that need to be put in place to transform the IP into new and useful products and services.

  • LWN601-1 Professional Project in Law

    Your study in this unit will provide you with assistance to design the research strategy and conceptual framework for the final semester capstone project to be completed in LWN601-2 Professional Project in Law. Your project will be focused on a specialised legal area in which you have a particular interest. You will consolidate the research and communciation skills that were introduced in LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies and developed throughout your course. 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. You will develop skills in peer review by providing feedback to other students in your group and you will also benefit from their feedback on proposed research areas and approaches.

  • 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.