Police, Courts and Criminal Law

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Police, Courts and Criminal Law

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Police Courts and Criminal Law explains the law and procedural processes which govern the way crimes are investigated, tried and punished in Australia. It begins by considering some general principles of criminal responsibility such as the aims and functions of the criminal law and its sources. The legal principles guiding police investigations are examined, including police powers and responsibilities, the rights of suspects, and the importance of obtaining reliable and admissible evidence. Finally, students learn about the ways cases can progress through the court system, from initial charge to final sentence. The course focuses primarily on the Queensland criminal justice system. Other jurisdictions are examined in passing, and general principles are common to all Australian systems.
    Course Introduction
    This unit looks at how law governs the way in which crime is investigated, prosecuted, adjudicated and punished, including critiques and debates about the fairness, suitability and impacts of those processes. The course is very interactive and uses realistic scenarios and examples to guide students through the content. This course complements the second semester course Law, Government and Policy, which focuses on understanding law and how it is made by both courts and political processes.
    Course Aims
    This is a core course in the criminology and criminal justice program, providing students with an overview of laws relating to Australian criminal justice processes.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the aims and functions of the criminal law and how it operates in the Australian criminal justice system.
    2 Demonstrate knowledge about criminal responsibility, the elements of crimes and the classification of offences.
    3 Demonstrate familiarity with the processes by which alleged offences are investigated, brought to trial, and punished, together with an improved ability to critically analyse the impact of criminal law processes on people affected by them.
    4 Demonstrate knowledge of the powers, functions and ethical responsibilities of police and other investigators, prosecutors, defence lawyers and judges in both pre-trial and trial processes.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Online Tutorial Quizzes


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Court Report


    Exam - constructed response


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.