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Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Whether you are moving into an entry-level policing or criminal justice role, or are already employed in the field and wish to expand upon your existing knowledge, this course is ideal professional development for you.

The Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice is an online professional development program that will provide you with an understanding of the Australian criminal justice system.

In this online criminal law and justice course you will explore the law and society, the changing nature of law and criminal law, including the elements of crime, presumption of innocence and the different types of crimes.

You will also explore crime and punishment, crime trends, the role of police in crime prevention and control and the role of the courts in administering justice to perpetrators of crime.

On completion of this course you will gain the confidence to strive for promotional opportunities and further your professional career in policing or criminal justice roles.

Course Structure

Unit: Criminal Law and Justice

  • Law and society
  • The need for rules
  • Changing nature of law
  • Introduction to criminal law
  • Civil law
  • Role of Federal Parliament
  • Role of State Parliament
  • Heads of power
  • Elements of a crime
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Proof
  • Age of criminal responsibility
  • Participants in a crime
  • Defences for crimes
  • Crimes against property
  • Crimes against the person
  • Crime and punishment
  • Investigating a crime
  • Crime scenes
  • Questioning suspects and witnesses
  • Collecting evidence
  • Charging the suspect
  • Police powers
  • Rights of those in custody
  • Powers to detail
  • Sanctions under criminal law
  • Trends in crime
  • Repeat offenders
  • The impact of crime
  • Alternatives to court
  • Court hierarchy
  • Summary offences
  • Indictable offences
  • The trial process
  • Features of a fair trial
  • Rights of the defendant
  • Adversarial system
  • Role of court personnel
  • Legal aid
  • Trial by jury
  • Criminal trial
  • Sentencing factors
  • Types of sanctions
  • Natural justice
  • Case management
  • Prisons and community corrections
  • Prisons and prisoners
  • Early release
  • Coping with imprisonment
  • Parole
  • Prisoner release
  • Post-prison transition
  • Risk assessment
  • Justice and policing
  • Institutions of crime control
  • Policing
  • Media image of police
  • Law enforcement
  • Crime prevention
  • Social services
  • Private security
  • Traditional policing model
  • Community policing model
  • Judicial decisions and sentencing
  • Determining guilt
  • Determining sentences
  • Changing sentences


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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Professional Development For:-

  • Correctional Officers/Personnel
  • Police Officers
  • Paralegals
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only