Law and justice short courses

Course Description
Contract law for non-lawyers If you come into contact with contracts or are involved in contract-making in the course of your work, a basic knowledge of contract law can help you.
Family mediation practice This program is designed to provide the hours of supervised family dispute resolution practice required by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
Health care law and ethics Participants in this short course will develop an understanding of health law, health ethics and the relationships between the two.
Professional law program We offer units from the Master of Laws course for professional development.
Professional mediation program Gain the skills and accreditation needed to become a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), or both.
Public speaking: making meaningful messages In this course you will learn the strategies that established speakers use to plan and deliver talks and speeches.
Trainee Solicitor Program (TSP) and Supplementary Training Provides 90 hours of training that is required (in addition to workplace training) for admission as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

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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.


  • 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.


  • JSB158 Policing Diversity

  • JSB170 Introduction to Criminology and Policing

    This unit will provide you with an introduction to the Criminology and Policing major before you make your choice. It will provide you with a foundation for understanding criminology and policing. It begins with an exploration of the existing explanations of crime from both an individual and social perspective and will provide you with a background of policing in Queensland, Australia and internationally. The remainder of the unit then covers topics of interest to those within the area of criminal justice, policing and criminology, for example, crimes in the home, crime in public, cyber crime, and street crime.

  • JSB171 Justice and Society

    The Justice degree seeks to produce competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, this degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the structural parameters of social justice.

  • JSB172 Professional Academic Skills

    This unit teaches students about being competent and ethical criminal justice professionals. It introduces professional and academic skills,to lay a successful foundation for academic achievement during the degree and for later professional achievement in the real world of criminal justice work.

  • JSB173 Understanding the Criminal Justice System

    The criminal justice system is a key site for the maintenance of social order in society. In Australia, the criminal justice system consists of three separate institutions and each is tasked with a specific role: the police are responsible for criminal investigations, the courts for adjudication and sentencing, corrections (e.g. prisons) for 'correcting' offenders.

  • JSB176 Criminal Law in Context

    Criminal Law in Context aims to provide Justice (and other) students with a broad, critical, contextual knowledge of criminal law and its administration in the Australian setting.

  • JSB178 Policy, Governance and Justice

    The unit introduces students to the policy cycle and explains how policy is developed in the governmental context. It provides basic skills needed for an employment role in research and policy in government agencies.

  • JSB179 Crimes of Violence

    Justice students seek 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 criminal law. Students undertaking the Criminology and Policing major of the degree need to understand issues of criminal procedure and due process, as well as specific contexts of criminal law. Crimes of Violence provides students with an understanding of the forces that shape this area of the law and the rationales for its implementation.

  • JSB180 Deviance

    This unit provides students with a comprehensive, empirically based, theoretically informed, international, interdisciplinary overview of the study of deviance in the social sciences. It provides a critical survey of causes, interpretations and reactions to deviance, with reference to real world social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco consumption, graffiti, body art, suicide, sexual deviance (such as nudity, pornography, paedophilia, sado-masochism, public sex), bullying, violence, and mental health.

  • JSB184 Sex and Crimes

  • JSN201 Dynamics of Domestic Violence

    This subject builds essential knowledgeof the dynamics of domestic violence. The unit has a number of objectives: 1. to introduce the different types of abuse that comprise domestic violence 2. to explain the dynamics of domestic violence, including its characteristics, distribution, and contributing factors 3. to provide skills and tools for critically assessing domestic violence research, and 4. to review contemporary and historical developments in domestic violence policy. This background informs the content for JSN202 Children and Family Violence, JSN203 Reducing Lethal Risk, and JSN204 Working with Domestic Violence Victims.

  • JSN202 Children and Family Violence

    This subject includes specialised knowledge of violence against pregnant women and the relationship between child maltreatment and domestic violence, including investigating the impact of trauma on child development.


  • LLB101 Introduction to Law

    Introduction to Law introduces you to the Australian legal system and explores the nature of the common law system and the processes by which law is made. This includes a focus on the major sources of law in Australia and the institutions that create, interpret and administer the law.

  • LLB103 Dispute Resolution

    Dispute resolution is a term used to represent a number of processes for the resolution of conflict and disputes such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration. These processes are used in many areas of Australian society to resolve both legal and non-legal disputes.

  • LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice

    As future members of the legal profession, you will be expected to contextualise legal issues and critique them from various perspectives. In a changing world and in light of emerging technologies, the future of the legal profession will rely on critical thinking and evaluation skills and the ability to develop and present persuasive arguments. In this unit, you will explore critical theories and apply them to the philosophical, cultural, social, economic and global contexts in which the Australian legal system operates. You will also consider the role of lawyers in a dynamic and changing world.

  • LLB140 Human Rights Law

    Human Rights Law focuses on the theory and practice of international human rights law. In particular, it provides an overview of the history and origins of human rights and international rights and obligations while remaining grounded in the contemporary events and challenges to the protection of human rights.

  • 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.

  • LLB142 Regulation of Business

    This elective unit commences the process in educating legal students in matters of business and commercial law. It is intended to provide an overview of a number of critical areas in the study of business law. Further, this subject will provide theoretical and critical analysis skills for the students through the design of the learning experience.

  • LWS009 Introduction to Law

    This unit is designed for students in disciplines other than law. It provides those students with a solid foundation in the Australian common law system, introducing students to the Australian legal environment and exposing those students to the legal framework in which industry operates. It will also address specific legal issues such as contract law, consumer law, torts and property law.

Units 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.


  • AYB200 Financial Accounting

    Financial Accounting examines the accounting concepts and procedures for the preparation of external financial reports relevant to corporate structures within the context of the Australian accounting profession's conceptual framework, the relevant accounting standards, and Corporations Law requirements. Topics include:  an introduction to the international regulatory environment and the conceptual framework underlying international accounting standards; financial reporting requirements for companies such as; accounting for leases; and the professional role of accountants.

  • AYB205 Law of Business Entities

    This unit looks at the various types of business entities that exist in Australia today and laws applicable to these entities.  The unit will also take into account consideration of a range of issues affecting these legal entities, such as capital raising and finance, taxation, accounting, audit and statutory requirements under the relevant Acts and legislation.

  • AYB219 Taxation Law

    This unit introduces students to the statutory framework of the Australian taxation system. Elements in the determination of taxable income and the levy of income tax are examined including general and specific categories of assessable income and allowable deductions, capital gains tax and administration aspects of the tax system. The taxation of fringe benefits is also examined. The unit also provides a brief overview of the taxation of partnerships, trusts and companies and an overview of the goods and services tax. Emphasis is placed on developing students' skills in problem solving through research and analysis of taxation issues.

  • AYB221 Accounting Systems and Analytics

    This unit provides an examination of the concepts, processes and issues relevant to accounting information systems including: design and development of accounting information systems including general ledger and reporting cycle, revenue cycle, expenditure cycle and payroll cycle; internal controls; computer fraud, security and crime; accessing accounting information; and accounting in an electronic environment. Practical application of these concepts is enhanced by the use of accounting related software.

  • AYB225 Management Accounting

    This unit introduces students to accounting systems and techniques that provide management at all levels with information for use in planning, controlling and decision making. This can be contrasted with financial accounting, which provides summary financial information principally for external users (i.e. shareholders, creditors, banks, etc). The unit covers a range of accounting systems where the principles and concepts used to develop such systems can be applied to both manufacturing and service organisations.

  • AYB227 International Accounting

    International Accounting is designed to provide students with an insight into, and an appreciation of, many of the financial accounting and reporting issues faced in an international business environment. Issues examined include: comparative, financial, international accounting systems and practices; cultural influences on financial accounting and reporting policies and practices; comparative international analysis of international, foreign, financial statements; international foreign currency transactions and hedging; international corporate social responsibility (sustainability) reporting and comparative international auditing and taxation issues in the twenty-first century. The unit also examines the impact of international harmonisation of financial accounting and reporting standards on multinational corporations and the investment communities worldwide.

  • AYB230 Corporations Law

    The unit is intended to equip students with a basic understanding and knowledge relevant to the environment of legal entities, particularly corporations. It also seeks to provide students with sufficient basic understanding of the legal structure of business associations to enable them to recognise the appropriate structure for particular commercial situations.

  • AYB232 Financial Services Regulation and Law

    This subject looks at the laws and regulations applicable to corporate securities and financial services in Australia, examines disclosure obligations for financial products and services, ASX listing rules, takeovers, and market misconduct rules.

  • AYB240 Superannuation Regulation and Practice

    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 the superannuation industry, or other areas of business dealing with superannuation-related matters affecting organisations and/or individuals.

  • AYB250 Personal Financial Planning

    This unit provides a broad overview of all aspects of financial planning. Frequent changes by governments to the taxation and superannuation laws has seen an increase in the need for financial advice, and both CPA and CAANZ now offer a Financial Planning specialisation. The unit covers wealth creation, debt management, taxation strategies, retirement planning, and estate planning. Students with an interest in becoming a financial planner, or even those with a personal interest in financial planning, will benefit from this unit.

  • AYB301 Audit and Assurance

    This unit enables 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 EDP 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) which leads to the auditor providing an opinion on the financial reports of various types of entities. Ethics and auditor's liability are also covered.

  • AYB311 Financial Accounting Issues

    This unit examines accounting theories and reporting practices adopted in the financial statements of reporting entities, focusing on publicly listed companies that communicate information 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 overviews the different governance models of corporations and relates them to their financial reporting environment. Touching on accounting theories and their evolution, it seeks to explain accounting choices made by managers. 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 some of the most recurrent issues of debate in the international arena.

  • AYB320 Advanced Taxation Law

    This unit examines the principles governing the taxation treatment of various business entities including partnerships, trusts, companies and superannuation funds from a domestic and international perspective. The unit provides students with an understanding of other considerations which affect the choice of an appropriate business structure from a taxation perspective, including rollover relief and the CGT small business concessions, the importance of legitimate tax planning and the distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion and some of the more simple aspects of international taxation between Australia and its major trading partners. The unit also covers an analysis of the GST , a review of types of supplies under the Act and the concept of creditable acquisitions. Specific issues such as the GST implications of real property, the margin scheme, GST planning strategies and the GST avoidance provisions are also covered.

  • AYB321 Strategic Management Accounting

    AYB321 Strategic Management Accounting develops a holistic view of organisations, strategy and management accounting.  This unit aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of various management accounting tools and techniques that can be 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. It will enable students to examine many of the current issues in management accounting and consider the skills and competences that management accountants should develop to stay competitive.

  • AYB340 Company Accounting

    This unit includes: an overview of the statutory requirements that dictate the format and content of published financial reports of companies; the requirements of the Corporations Act 2001 and various disclosure orientated accounting standards; accounting for income tax; accounting for the acquisition of assets (including entities); the preparation of consolidated financial statements; accounting for investments in associates; segment reporting; the translation of the results of foreign operations; and liquidation.

  • AYB341 Forensic and Business Analytics

    This unit focuses on providing skills in forensic and business intelligence through the use of SAS technologies.  The unit assists students to analyse large data sources and report their findings to assist managerial decision making. Forensic and business intelligence issues and corporate decision making processes are emphasised.  This unit provides students with an important skill base in supporting corporate decision making and investigation in a business environment.

  • AYN414 Cost and Management Accounting

    This unit introduces students to techniques that provide management at all levels with information for use in inventory valuation, planning, controlling and decision-making. The unit's major focus is on product costing systems for manufacturing firms.

  • AYN416 Financial Accounting Processes

    This unit provides an introduction to financial accounting within the context of the accounting profession's conceptual framework, relevant accounting standards and the requirements of the Corporations Law. Topics include: the accounting cycle for both service and merchandising entities, the preparation of general purpose financial reports, cash management and control, non-current assets and statement of cash flows.

  • AYN424 Accountability of Transnational Corporations

    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. Using current international business cases, articles and reports, this unit examines issues including: international, financial accounting systems in the global environment; international patterns of accounting diversity including cultural influences on external, financial accounting and reporting; comparative international accounting systems and practices across major cultural groupings; the pressures for international accounting convergence which is now taking place in more than 120 countries; international disclosure and enforcement trends; international corporate social responsibility reporting; international financial analysis of foreign financial statements; and business issues into the twenty-first century such as global corporate governance and international taxation.

  • AYN456 Business and Corporations Law

    This unit will introduce students to the Australian legal environment and develop students' knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of business law and the Australian corporations legislation. Students will be encouraged to develop their research and analytical skills relevant to contemporary business and corporate practice.

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 as it applies to property transactions and property practice 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 and property transactions, with particular focus on statutory valuation and property acquisition and resumption. The unit covers areas of property rights, contract, agency, statutory valuation, consumer protection and dispute resolution as applicable to a practicing property professional in Queensland.

  • UXB233 Planning Law

    This unit provides the understanding of the basic political, policy, and legislation essential for planning professionals, whether they work in the public or the private sector. This unit provides important professional context and grounding in urban policy development, implementation, development assessment, and evaluation.


  • JSB207 Punishment and Penal Policy

    The unit will challenge students to think critically about a range of key issues confronting the penal system and policy-makers, including the ever-increasing prison muster, the effectiveness (or not) of the various treatment programs and offender management systems, and the ongoing challenge of 'difference' within the prison population. This unit is tailored to students contemplating a career in correctional services, the policy sector (including the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Queensland Corrective Services), rehabilitation services, social and youth work, and the academy.

  • JSB208 Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

  • JSB209 Transnational Organised Crime and Terrorism

  • JSB255 Eco Crime

    Issues pertaining to the protection of the environment continue to capture centre stage in the development of both national and international policy. The balance between 'developing' and 'harming' the environment is one often constructed in political and social discourses about trade, resources and rights. Illegal and harmful acts that damage and destroy the environment are crucial for understanding government policies of prevention, precaution, and regulation. This unit prepares future professionals from a range of disciplines who will work in an environmental capacity, schooling them in particular in theories of green criminology and environmental harm.

  • JSB261 Theories of Government

    This unit focuses upon the major theories about the operation of governments, along with the principles of authority, legitimacy and freedom.

  • JSB263 Justice Institutions

    In this subject, students will gain a thorough understanding of Australia's political and governance system, exploring the evolution and functioning of key Australian justice institutions. Through key case studies from Australian and international political history, students will examine the democratic structures that govern policy-making.

  • JSB266 White Collar Crime and Official Corruption

    This unit will cover the complementary crimes of corruption and white collar crime. It is a core unit in the Bachelor of Justice, Policy and Governance major and an elective in other courses. This unit develops your skills in explaining knowledge, presenting arguments, critically analysing, researching and reflecting. This unit will introduce you to critical analysis of the investigation and prevention of white collar crime and corruption. The circumstances in which the crimes occur and technological considerations raise unique questions for investigation and prevention. This unit will provide you with an outline of the nature of these techniques.

  • JSB267 Identity, Marginalisation, and Global Change

    In this unit, you will further develop your knowledge of marginalisation and injustice as introduced in the foundational units of the Justice degree, expanding on these concepts in an international context. The unit will provide an in-depth exploration of identity and marginalisation internationally, and tools for understanding injustice in the global sphere, with a particular focus on the global South. It is important that justice professionals have an appreciation of injustice at a global level (such as the experiences of gender, queer, and indigenous communities, people with disabilities, and those fighting environmental degradation and economic policies), and can identify and respond to the intersections between these. The unit will also provide you with a comprehensive set of tools for understanding how social and political change to address this marginalisation has been achieved within a range of relevant political movements across the globe. This will contribute to your understanding of policy development and social change in such contexts.

  • 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. This unit will address the social context of crime but is not exclusively sociological. 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. Criminological theories are viewed as embedded governmental practices aimed at ensuring the regulation and control of particular 'problem populations'.

  • JSB273 Crime Research Methods

    This unit builds upon research skills acquired in first-year study and is thus intended to provide knowledge and skills in research design and methodology for use in the fields of criminal justice, justice administration and criminology. The aims of this unit are three-fold. First, to revisit issues central to the research process. Second, to introduce students to a variety of research design models, data collection techniques and data analyses. Third, to give students the practical skills in designing and carrying out research and reporting research results. This subject, offered as a compulsory primary major unit in both the Criminology and Policing and Policy and Governance majors, sets the foundation for research in the Justice honours program.

  • JSB278 Drugs and Crime

    This unit examines social, legal and political responses to drug use in contemporary society, with an emphasis on Australian society. The unit presents an overview to drugs and drug use, including historical perspectives on drugs and their regulation. Drug policy models, processes and strategies for responding to drugs are reviewed, including harm reduction, prevention and treatment. Drug law enforcement and supply reduction strategies are also considered. The unit concludes with an examination of future directions and emerging issues, including the impact of the internet on drug supply.

  • 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 number of different themes across the semester.

  • JSB285 Political Violence and Terrorism

    In this unit you will learn about politically motivated violence and terrorism in its diverse forms and historical context. It asks students to critically explore the characteristics of groups and movements that use these methods, the diverse reasons people come to engage in politically motivated violence, the development of responses to terrorism through policy and practical measures, and the influence of technology and other factors in the evolution of these groups and movements. It draws on diverse historical and present day cases to place the contemporary challenges of political violence and terrorism into historical perspective, and asks students to think critically about the nature of political violence, and the possibilities and limitations of institutional responses to it.

  • JSB286 Domestic Violence

    This unit provides students with a comprehensive, empirically based, international and interdisciplinary overview of domestic violence. It will provide a critical perspective on domestic violence research that is of interest to justice professions and arises in many other employment contexts.

  • JSB287 Crime in Popular Culture

    Crime is a significant genre in popular culture, being present in literature, television, film and traditional and social media. Beyond entertainment, popular cultural representations of crime and criminality inform social responses criminal justice, including policy. This unit provides students with a comprehensive, international, interdisciplinary overview of crime in popular culture, informed by critical perspectives in the social sciences.

  • JSB288 Comparative Policing in a Complex World

    This unit is designed to help you understand why policing in a complex world should be considered as an ongoing comparative global endeavour. The unit seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of comparative policing from a global perspective by examining policing case studies in both national contexts (for example, comparing Australian police organisations' policing practices) and in an international context (comparing global police organisations' policing practices). Within the framework of comparative criminology, we will examine policing theory versus police practice, policing of deviance and social response, and police policy versus police practice in relation to socio-demographic and geo-political data.

  • JSB290 Victimology

    Victimology has emerged alongside criminology as a specific discipline and specifically focuses on understanding and explaining of victimisation as well as informing policy development specifically for victims. This subject considers theoretical work produced by victimologists, how victimisation is defined and understood, victim's relationships with the criminal justice system, the development of victim's rights, victim's advocacy, and the social and political status of victims. This course will equip students to critically evaluate policy, programs and research that addresses victimisation, victims experience in the criminal justice system, as well as victim's needs and rights.

  • JSB364 Cybercrime

  • 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

    This unit provides students with knowledge and skills for working in the contemporary youth justice system, including knowledge about its history, how the system works, legislation, and the media and political context of youth justice. It questions ideas about young people as a 'crime problem' and challenges students to engage critically with youth crime in terms of social justice.

  • JSB374 Crime Prevention

    This unit will discuss in detail the complex relationship that exists between the crime problem, the criminalisation and traditional responses to crime. The unit will discuss crime prevention strategies that are broader than the traditional criminal justice response as well as explore the appropriateness or otherwise of blanket responses to crime. Emerging issues in crime prevention theory and practice such as surveillance in physical and virtual spaces, prediction, risk analysis, pre-emption and the influence of technology (in both crime and crime prevention) will also be examined.

  • JSB379 Political Practice, People Power, and Protest

    This unit will equip students with a thorough understanding of the practice of policy and governance within and beyond government institutions. Students will examine the range of political practices that contribute to policy-making, from formalised lobbying and pressure groups through to non-government activism and protest, while developing practical skills required in the political world.

  • JSB380 Critical Policy Analysis

    Critical Policy Analysis provides you with the essential academic and vocational tools that will allow you to critically analyse justice-related policies. You will have the opportunity to examine a number of policies in an in-depth manner using a range of vocational tools and critical frameworks. The ability to provide timely, high quality, critical analyses of justice-related policies is an essential capability of reflective and ethical justice professionals. As such, this unit offers an essential aspect of one's professional development as a justice professional.

  • JSB386 Death Investigation

    The investigation of death in modern society is a well regulated system, orchestrated through the coronial system with identification of suspicious deaths undertaken by the criminal justice system. This death investigation model involves legal, medical and criminal justice personnel in order to establish both the medical cause and legal circumstance of death. The information gathered in this way is also used to inform government policy on issues such as suicide and motor vehicle accidents. However, in the wake of Harold Shipman in the United Kingdom and Dr Patel in Australia, the issue of concealed homicide has become topical, with questions asked about how the coronial system in particular can better investigate death so as to remove such concerns. This unit will examine in detail the history, ethics, processes, procedures and outcomes of death investigation in Queensland.

  • 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.

  • 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 Skills, Methods and Ethics

    This subject builds knowledge of public sector ethics obligations and is intended to provide knowledge and skills in research design, methodology and evaluation for use in public policy development and evaluation. The unit has a number of objectives. Firstly, to visit issues central to the research and evaluation process. Secondly, to introduce you to a variety of research and evaluation design models, data collection techniques and data analyses. Thirdly, to equip you with the practical skills to write a research and evaluation proposal, carry out a research and evaluation project, report the research results and conduct policy evaluation. The unit also seeks to build knowledge of theories and types of corruption, the psychology and sociology of ethical judgment, along with an advanced understanding of public sector ethics.

  • JSN168 Critical Policy Skills

    There are a number of critical policy skills required of the professional contemporary policy officer. This unit aims to develop, enhance and consolidate the skills of students to enable them to undertake sophisticated and effective policy work, both in the public and the private sector. This capstone unit will develop students' critical policy analysis skills, and build the knowledge and capacity to engage effectively with stakeholders and the ability to effectively design and oversee policy.


  • LLB102 Torts

    Torts law is part of the law of civil wrongs and developed to provide a private remedy for those who suffer loss due to the acts or omissions of others. This unit provides you with an introduction to the law of torts with a particular focus on negligence. The application of torts law to address civil wrongs and disputes dominates the litigation practice of many law firms.

  • LLB105 Legal Problems and Communication

    Legal Problems and Communication continues the development of legal problem-solving and written and oral communication skills in a variety of professional contexts.

  • LLB106 Criminal Law

    Criminal Law provides knowledge of the doctrines of criminal law and procedure, with a focus on offences against the person and property. An understanding of the principles of criminal law is of fundamental importance to practising lawyers as the criminal law impacts upon almost every aspect of domestic, commercial, corporate and public activity in Queensland. A study of criminal law reveals which sorts of conduct are liable to punishment and how that impacts on various sectors of the community.

  • LLB107 Statutory Interpretation

    Legislation is a central source of law in the Australian legal system. The law of statutory interpretation governs the determination of the legal meaning and effect of legislation. In this unit, you will examine the concepts that form the foundation of Australian public law, explain how legislation is interpreted by Australian courts, and apply principles, methods and interpretative criteria of statutory interpretation.

  • LLB202 Contract Law

    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. This unit provides you with an introduction to the law of contract and focuses on the formation, content and interpretation of contracts.

  • LLB203 Constitutional Law

    Constitutional Law examines the constitutional arrangements effected by the Commonwealth and State Constitutions, the division of power between the Commonwealth and States, and the relations between the different levels of government. The Commonwealth Constitution is a 'higher' law and therefore ordinary laws passed by the Commonwealth or State Parliaments may depend upon the Constitution for their validity.

  • LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law

    The concepts of commercial and personal property and rules concerning dealings with such property underpin a significant number of modern legal transactions in both domestic and commercial contexts. This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of property and legal principles relevant to personal property and commercial law. You will examine how a modern legal system recognises and protects interests in and dealings with property and practice skills in problem solving, effective teamwork and communication of legal concepts.

  • LLB205 Equity and Trusts

    This unit introduces you to the principles of equity and the law of trusts. These principles impact on many areas of law and legal practice including contracts, property law and family law to name just a few. An understanding of these principles and remedies is central to the work of litigation lawyers and has numerous private and commercial uses.

  • LLB240 Chinese Legal System

  • 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.

  • LLB242 Media Law

  • 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 aims to provide you, as a potential family law professional, with an understanding of the family law system, the various options for resolution of disputes, and the relevant legislation and case law and how it is applied in practice.

  • LLB244 Criminal Law Sentencing

    Criminal Law Sentencing provides knowledge of the doctrines of criminal law, with a focus on offences against the person and property. Defences and excuses as to liability are also covered, along with certain elements of criminal procedure.

  • LLB245 Sports Law

    LLB245 Sports Law is a 'general elective' unit. It covers the application of a wide range of legal principles to a sporting context. Students will have studied some of the principles at a general level in core units, allowing them to consolidate their knowledge, while other areas of the unit will be new to them. Sport-specific legal principles (for example, regarding doping) will also be covered.

  • LLB250 Law and Data Analysis

    This unit will develop the knowledge and skills that you will require to evaluate the social impact of technological change. Major advances in data analysis and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing many different aspects of society, and these changes create serious legal and ethical challenges. This unit will provide you with an introduction to the opportunities and emerging problems raised by the increasing use of data analytics and machine learning across different social domains. It builds a foundation of knowledge about the concepts of data analysis and its use in artificial intelligence that will enable you to work with clients adopting new technologies and regulators working to adapt the law in response. The unit is designed to help students with no previous experience in statistics or data analysis to become critical consumers of data and use data to make legal and policy arguments about technological innovation.

  • LLB251 Law and Design Thinking

    Technology and innovation is rapidly changing the practice of law and the way lawyers think. Significant shifts can be seen in the everyday tasks of lawyers, the business models of law firms, how community legal centres deliver services, and how people experience court rooms and the justice system. There are increasing demands for law and legal practice to adapt to the challenges brought about by fast-paced technological innovation. Future graduate lawyers will be expected to use new technologies to produce client-centred solutions in creative, innovative, and ethical ways. 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

    In this unit, you will examine the principles of real property law, with a focus on the Torrens Title system of registration and the creation and disposal of various estates in interests in land, including through electronic means. The focus of this unit is on both legal problem solving skills and on communicating effectively to a variety of non-legal audiences. This focus will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in the future including in law firms, community organisations, industry sectors, academia and/or government departments.

  • LLB303 Evidence

    Evidence examines the rules and procedures relating to the reception of evidence in courts and tribunals, concerning facts that are either disputed or yet to be established before the commencement of proceedings.

  • LLB304 Commercial Remedies

    When a legal right is interfered with or a legal obligation is breached, the law provides a remedy. This unit focuses on remedial issues in the context of the law of contract, equity and breaches of statute and develops your problem solving skills in response to real world client problems.

  • LLB306 Civil Procedure

    Civil Procedure provides an understanding of procedural law and the skills to resolve disputes, when necessary, through the process of litigation.

  • LLB340 Banking and Finance Law

  • LLB341 Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

    This unit addresses the most pressing practical legal issues that arise in relation to new technologies, and examines the theoretical principles that are likely to underpin public and private regulatory efforts in the future. To this end, the unit will encourage students to think critically about the ways in which new technology is experienced and regulated.

  • LLB342 Immigration and Refugee Law

    The transnational movement of people across the globe has shaped nations around the world in many ways. All modern democratic countries have systems in place to allow for the movement of people for a variety of purposes. Historical, social and political forces shape the policy dialogue and legal infrastructure concerning immigration and refugee law. This unit considers the application of key principles of international, constitutional and administrative law to this area of law, and critically examines immigration and refugee laws, policy considerations and procedures.

  • LLB344 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.

  • LLB346 Succession Law

    This unit includes the following: examination of the law with respect to wills and probate; a study of the formalities required to execute a valid will; the intestacy provisions where someone dies without having made a will; the rights of a testator's family when they have not been named as a beneficiary in the deceased's will; and a detailed examination of the provisions of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld).

  • LLB347 Taxation Law

    In this unit you will attain an overview of the Australian taxation system.

  • LLB349 Japanese Law

  • 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

    Environmental  Law is relevant for those interested in gaining an understanding of the ways in which the law seeks to protect the environment whilst enabling industry to operate and contribute to the Australian economy. The unit examines the key features of the environmental legal system and critically analyses environmental laws at the state (Queensland), federal and international levels.

  • LLB443 Mining and Resources Law

  • LLB444 Real Estate Transactions

  • LLB447 International Arbitration

    This unit develops your knowledge and skills in relation to dealing with legal disputes that have a cross-border dimension. It examines aspects of private international litigation and arbitration insofar as they are relevant to international arbitration. The unit has an important commercial focus that is relevant to practice, particularly in the commercial and dispute resolution and litigation areas.

  • LLB460 Competition Moots A

    If students have completed the foundation units in first year, perform well under pressure and have participated in at least one internal moot as counsel, they may, when expressions of interest are called for, apply for a place on a team for a moot competition for which academic credit is granted. Places are very limited, but if students are successful, they can take their skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. International and national moots require significant preparation and attention to detail, with a very high level of commitment, research, writing and discipline knowledge. Because of the timetabling of international moots throughout the year, students may be required to work on the competition moot  for extended periods, including between November and February. The number of moots offered will vary from year to year. Academic credit for this unit is restricted to registered members of official QUT teams in designated competitions.

  • LLB461 Competition Moots B

    If students have completed the foundation units in first year, perform well under pressure and have participated in at least one internal moot as counsel, they may, when expressions of interest are called for, apply for a place on a team for a moot competition for which academic credit is granted. Places are very limited, but if students are successful, they can take their skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. International and national moots require significant preparation and attention to detail, with a very high level of commitment, research, writing and discipline knowledge. Because of the timetabling of international moots throughout the year, students may be required to work on the competition moot  for extended periods, including between November and February. The number of moots offered will vary from year to year. Academic credit for this unit is restricted to registered members of official QUT teams in designated competitions.

  • LLB462 Learning in Professional Practice

    This unit provides students with the experience of working in a professional legal environment. Students can either apply for one of the advertised placement opportunities or organise their own placement in a legal work place. Students will perform legal work (similar to that of a graduate solicitor) for a minimum of 60 hours, supervised by a lawyer qualified to practice in that jurisdiction. Once enrolled in the unit, students must either apply for an advertised placement opportunity or submit details of their self-organised placement to be approved by the Unit Coordinator. Students will reflect upon and learn from their experience through keeping a reflective journal, sharing their experiences with other students and using the student ePortfolio. Integral to each student's experience will be reflection and the identification and consideration of the theory/practice nexus.

  • LLB463 Legal Clinic (Organised Program)

    In this unit, students are provided with the opportunity to see law in action through being involved in the delivery of community legal services, support and information. Students work with community legal centres and community support agencies in a variety of areas such as refugee, environmental, family violence and public interest law. Students' placement learning is supplemented with a weekly seminar program that deals with topics such as cultural competence, professional identity, client care, legal interviewing, and community education. Entry to this unit is via a successful application only.

  • LLB464 International Legal Placement

    In this unit students are provided with the opportunity to see law in action through participation in an overseas placement or study tour. Students' work in their placements is supplemented with a program that deals with such topics as pre-trip preparation, intercultural capabilities, global perspectives, and career planning. Entry to this unit is via a successful application only.

  • LLH201 Legal Research

    Legal research and professional judgment are an integral part of legal practice. As a legal practitioner you will need to possess research skills in order to maintain current knowledge and find solutions for legal problems in a variety of contexts that may involve new, amended or developing areas of law. Professional judgment includes the ability to act and think well in uncertain situations.

  • LLH206 Administrative Law

    Administrative law concerns the legal relationship between government and individuals and businesses, and the way in which decisions of government bodies and public officials may be challenged or reviewed. In this unit, you will examine the manner in which the executive branch of government is legally accountable, particularly in dealings with individuals.

  • LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession

    The legal profession, like any other profession, is governed not only by a set of legal rules but also by a range of ethical principles that relate particularly to the practice of the profession of law. An education in law would be incomplete without an understanding of these rules and principles and an ability to apply them in practice. The legal profession owes duties not only to clients, but also to itself, the legal system, the judicial system and to the public. It is within this framework of responsibilities that the lawyer's duties to the client must be accommodated.

  • LLH305 Corporate Law

    People who wish to embark on a commercial venture may choose from a range of forms of legal organisations provided by the legal system. A competent commercial lawyer or business person needs to be aware of the legal principles pertaining to one of the more important types of organisations, namely, the registered company.

  • LLH401 Legal Research Capstone

    This is the capstone unit in the Bachelor of Laws (Hons). The unit consolidates and builds on the legal research, reasoning, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills introduced at a foundation level in the first-year units and developed in the second and third year units. The unit equips students with sophisticated skills necessary to respond efficiently and effectively to complex, real-world legal problems.

  • LLH470 Commercial Contracts in Practice

    This advanced law elective unit provides an opportunity for you to study the interaction of common law principles of contract, equity and property law and the impact of statute in the context of several common commercial transactions. You will examine key aspects of contracts such as risk allocation performance, dispositions and dispute resolution in the context of commercial sales, leases and share sales. A case study approach will be used to expose you to practical issues related to the negotiation, drafting and interpretation of common clauses within these agreements.

  • LLH471 Health Law and Practice

    Advances in medical science have yielded challenging questions concerning the rights of patients, the obligations of health care providers and the extent to which the state should intervene in the relationship. As an advanced law elective, Health Law & Practice examines contemporary issues that arise in the modern health care context, including competing public policies. You will develop advanced knowledge and appreciate the relationship between the law, medicine and ethics and apply your research and critical analysis skills within the paradigm of law and bioethics.

  • LLH472 Public International Law

    Public international law is a body of rules that governs the relations between nation states and between nation states and individuals. Public international law influences the development of many areas of domestic law, including trade and commerce, immigration and criminal law. Through the creation and implementation of public international law, nation states are able to cooperate to address global challenges like terrorism, poverty, climate change and armed conflict.

  • LLH473 Independent Research Project

    Advanced research, writing, analytical and legal reasoning skills are essential to legal professionals for the purposes of the preparation of legal advice, opinions and arguments, proposals for law reform, reference and policy documents, teaching materials, and scholarly publications. The unit should be studied at the end of the degree, as it serves as a foundation for you to enhance your academic research experience and skills prior to post-graduate study or entry into the legal profession. It is recommended that you undertake LLB348 Legal Research Methodologies prior to this unit.

  • LLH474 Insolvency Law

    This unit examines the legal issues associated with insolvency for both individuals and corporations. Insolvency Law provides you with an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge, building on your knowledge of corporate law, and skills relevant for this specialised area of the law.

  • LLH475 Theories of Law

    Legal theory, also known as jurisprudence, has exerted an enduring influence on the direction and nature of legal thought in the common law world and through all legal systems. An understanding of the underlying, and often unstated, philosophies that guide the developing law, especially through decisions at the highest level, will assist you to effectively participate in legal practice, research and law reform.

  • 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 explores current issues and trends in intellectual property and innovation law, so that you can situate the law within broader technological, cultural, social and commercial contexts. It provides advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in intellectual property and cyberlaw, and further develops your skills in legal research, complex problem solving and effective communication.

  • LLH478 Advanced Criminal Law - Principles and Practice

    This elective unit further develops and extends your knowledge of criminal law, based on your study of the core unit LLB106 Criminal Law.  It extends your knowledge of principles and procedures in criminal law by focusing on how they are applied in the modern criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on the work of specialist courts, lists and jurisdictions, and on the theoretical frameworks which inform their work.  It provides you with some skills and experience in using social science principles and data, to evaluate the work of these courts and lists.

  • LPP111 Lawyers' Skills

    This unit introduces you to a range of lawyering skills that will enable you to apply the knowledge, skills and values that you acquired in your law degree to the practice of law. Specifically, this unit enables you to start or to consolidate your acquisition of skills in legal letter writing, legal drafting, legal interviewing, negotiation and advocacy skills. The unit will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of various areas of the law, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills, for such purposes as advising clients orally in and in writing in complex legal matters; achieving desired client outcomes when drafting legal documents; and representing clients effectively in negotiations and before courts.

  • LPP112 Work Skills

    The Law Admissions Consultative Committee considers that an entry-level lawyer should be able to demonstrate competence in ethical understanding and knowledge of solicitors' trust accounting and file and risk management at the level required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.

  • LPP113 Civil Litigation

    This unit builds on your undergraduate knowledge of civil litigation, torts and contract law by providing you with an understanding of the practices and procedures involved in resolving client disputes using civil litigation. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of litigation practice, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills for the purpose of finding solutions to client problems. It will enable you to further develop and apply your letter-writing and legal drafting skills. It provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate some of the knowledge, skills and ethical values that a competent legal practitioner is expected to apply when conducting litigation.

  • LPP114 Commercial

    This unit builds on your undergraduate knowledge of corporate law principles and commercial law by providing you with an understanding of the practices and procedures involved in utilising corporations for client purposes and an understanding of practices and procedures involved in the sale of a business. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of corporate, commercial and revenue law, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills, for the purpose of finding solutions to client problems involving commercial transactions. It will enable you to further develop and apply your letter-writing and legal drafting skills. It further provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate some of knowledge, skills and ethical values that a competent legal practitioner is expected to apply to complex commercial transactions and problems.

  • LPP115 Property

    This unit builds on your undergraduate knowledge of property law by providing you with an understanding of the practices and procedures involved in property transactions such as transfers, mortgages and leases. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of property, planning and revenue law, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills, for the purpose of finding solutions to client problems. It will enable you to further develop and apply your letter-writing and legal drafting skills. The unit will further provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate some of knowledge, skills and ethical values that a competent legal practitioner is expected to apply to complex commercial transactions and problems.

  • LPP116 Electives

    This unit extends your knowledge of the substantive law and the practices and procedures on two areas of practice that you choose from the following list. You must choose two from the list to satisfy professional admission requirements and unit requirements. The unit will provide you with the opportunity to build and apply your substantive law knowledge, your procedural knowledge, your fact analysis skills and your legal research and analysis skills. ·%emsp;Administrative law practice%emsp; ·%emsp;Criminal law practice   ·%emsp;Family law practice  %emsp; ·%emsp;Banking and finance law practice%emsp; ·%emsp;Consumer law practice ·%emsp;Employment and industrial law practice ·%emsp;Planning and environment law practice ·%emsp;Wills and estates practice

  • LPP117 Interaction

    This unit complements your study in LPP113 Civil Litigation and LPP115 Property. It provides you with an opportunity to build further your legal and fact research and analysis skills, your communication skills and your ability to manage complex legal work in a professional manner. It provides you further opportunities to exercise your professional judgement within an ethical framework appropriate for a legal professional and to apply risk management tools in legal professional work.

  • LPP118 Placement

    This unit provides a capstone to your practical legal training for admission to the legal profession. It enables you to spend the equivalent of four working weeks in a law office in Australia, in which you can observe legal practitioners delivering legal services. It enables you to observe firsthand legal professionalism in action and to conduct professional reflection on this activity.

  • 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 deals with the legal problems arising from the formation and operation of international commercial transactions. Understanding the law and practice regarding international commercial transactions is a prerequisite for the development of trade with Australian businesses.

  • LWN094 Mining and Energy Law

    Natural resources law and its related subject, environmental law, have become significant areas of professional legal practice over the last decade or so. One of the particular areas of natural resources law for these purposes is mining and energy law. Mining and energy law is the law relating to the ownership, use, development and control of those natural resources which are used to produce energy for the benefit of the community. Areas covered in this unit include the sources and history of mining and energy law; the principles and concepts underlying mining and energy law; the common law rules of ownership of sources of energy; statutory ownership of sources of energy; how the law regulates access to sources of energy; and how the law controls the development of sources of energy, offshore petroleum and minerals regulation, renewable energy regulation, mining, energy and climate change, and mining agreement and revenue frameworks.

  • LWN099 Intellectual Property Law

    This unit includes a study of the concept of Intellectual Property and the principles and policies of intellectual property law. Topics covered include copyright, designs, patents, innovation patents, trade marks, passing off, and breach of confidence.

  • LWN119 Employment Law

    Employment law is a foundation unit that allows students to survey at an advanced level the sources, components and relationships of employment law in Australia. Successful completion of this unit provides students with the necessary background to continue on to undertake further advanced courses in more specialised areas of labour law.

  • LWN158 Public International Law

    Public international law is the foundational law that governs the rules operating as between states. It establishes, for instance, the contexts in which force may be used, how new states come into being, what environmental obligations states owe to one another, and the immunities states and their representatives may enjoy from prosecution. It is pursuant to international law that international courts and tribunals have been established to prosecute war criminals. Furthermore, doctrines of international law underpin arguments concerning the appropriate maritime boundaries between states or the competence of international forces to intervene in situations of humanitarian crisis or conflict. Not only is international law vital to understanding many high-profile world events, increasingly Australian law is being shaped by norms of international law such as international human rights law.

  • LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics

    The relationship between law and ethics in healthcare is critical but at times contested. This unit explores that relationship, aiming to lay the foundations of an advanced understanding of law and ethics as they relate to healthcare.

  • LWN188 Advanced Taxation Law

  • LWN194 Select Issues in Medical Law and Ethics

    This unit develops an understanding of the major conceptual issues underpinning contemporary debates and proposals for law reform in the following main areas of health law: withholding and withdrawing medical treatment and euthanasia; organ donation; embryonic stem cell research; and genetic engineering. It then aims to develop an understanding of the role such a clarification can play in contributing to, and resolving, some of the more intractable issues in the debates.

  • 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

    The legal system is increasingly using dispute resolution processes such as mediation to assist in the resolution of disputes. Mediation is used in a wide range of forums such as in workplace, education, consumer, building and construction disputes and family law settings. Parties can attend mediation prior to filing an application in court or may be ordered to attend mediation by a judicial officer once their case is in court. In family law parenting cases, there are pre-filing mediation requirements.The increasing use of mediation has led to a high level of regulation of this profession and an accreditation process being implemented and maintained by the Australian Mediator Standards Board. Mediators can now become nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System, and this ensures that they have the ability to conduct a facilitative mediation process and maintain their knowledge and skills by participating in ongoing professional development and conducting a certain number of hours of mediation in each two-year cycle. National accreditation as a mediator is required to apply to be on some court, tribunal and government mediation panels. This unit complies with the knowledge and skills requirements of the national mediation standards and will enable you to undertake a national mediation assessment; if you pass this assessment you can apply to become a na

  • 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 with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. You will participate in a range of simulations and clinical activities 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. This may be completed through the QUT Family Mediation Practice short course or with another approved FDR supervisor. 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 completion of both this unit and the further 20 hours of FDR supervised practice, and written evidence of completion of this further supervision.

  • 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

    Although grounded in principles of English common law, Australian contract law has, like many other areas of Australian law, developed a distinctly Australian slant, particularly in the last 20 years. These emerging principles, as well as the more fundamental contract law concepts, will be explored in this unit. Where appropriate, emphasis will be placed on the legal principles applicable in Queensland.

  • LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies

    This unit is the foundation unit in which students undertaking a postgraduate course work program in the discipline of law begin to deepen their knowledge of approaches to legal research, including quantitative and qualitative research frameworks and methods, and develop advanced research skills. While completing this unit, you will develop a research proposal on a law-related issue chosen by you. If you are completing the Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law, you will complete this unit in preparation for the capstone legal research and writing project unit (LWN600 Professional Research and Writing for Law).

  • LWN305 Australian Applied Law

    The unit is core for all students completing the Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (LW76) and the Master of Applied Law (LW75). It is also core for international students completing the Master of Laws (LW71) and the Graduate Certificate in Law (LW72). This unit will assist students' transition into these courses by developing a solid foundation in the Australian common law system, with particular emphasis on the Australian legal and constitutional framework. Students in this unit will also acquire skills in scholarly legal writing and doctrinal research, which are necessary to the application of law.

  • 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

    The unit details the relationship between intellectual property and competition laws and critically analyses topical issues currently presenting challenges in IP law.

  • LWN407 Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation

    This unit examines the principles of IP management and their application in its commercialisation. In examining the concepts of research and development and the principles and policies of technology transfer, focus will be placed on how to best deal with the IP.

  • LWN601-1 Professional Project in Law

    The ability to complete complex projects in a legal environment requires professionals who are able to look at scenarios and the challenges they present and analyse the legal implications for the community, industry or the workplace. This unit is the first component of a two-component unit that will assist you to design a research strategy and conceptual framework for the capstone project to be completed in the final semester in LWN601-2 Professional Project in Law. You will consolidate the research and communication skills introduced in LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies and developed throughout your course. You can work on the same research project you commenced in LWN304 or on a different one. You will be working towards a real world outcome such as a law reform submission, report to benefit government, industry or the community, or a scholarly paper that may be submitted as an article to a journal.While research projects are individual, you may also work collaboratively with your supervisor and other students and develop skills in peer review of research.

  • LWN601-2 Professional Project in Law

    The ability to complete complex projects in a legal environment requires professionals who are able to look at scenarios and the challenges they present and analyse the legal implications for the community, industry or the workplace. This unit is the second component of the two-component capstone unit for the Master of Laws and the Master of Applied Law. In the first component you designed a research strategy and conceptual framework for the project that you will complete in this unit. You will be working towards a real world outcome such as a law reform submission, report to benefit government, industry or the community or a scholarly paper that may be submitted as an article to a journal.The advanced knowledge and research skills developed in previous units are consolidated in this unit. While research projects are individual, you may also work collaboratively with your supervisor and other students and develop skills in peer review of research.