LAW20030 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of sentencing law principles and practices across Australia. It also provides students with deeper knowledge of criminal law, especially the rules and principles relating to criminal appeals and the criminal principles in each Australian jurisdiction. The unit will also focus on the evolving nature of sentencing law, with an emphasis on appropriate and necessary innovations in this area.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Conduct effective legal research using both primary and secondary materials
2. Explain contemporary debates about the appropriate manner in which to deal with criminal offenders
3. Describe the political, social and economic influences that shape criminal and sentencing law
4. Describe the efficacy of the law to attain the key sentencing objectives in the form of deterrence, rehabilitation and community protection
5. Develop and communicate recommendations about innovative and technological changes that should be made to sentencing law
6. Work efficiently and effectively with other people to develop coherent solutions to problems