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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

5 Jul 21 - 3 Oct 21

26 Oct 21

Last self enrolment:
18 Jul 21

30 Jul 21

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.
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