Nature of crime

A supplementary legal studies resource, where students explore the meaning, elements and categories of crime.

Students learn about:

  • the meaning of crime
  • the elements of crime: actus reus, mens rea
  • strict liability offences
  • causation
  • categories of crime including
    offences against the person, offences against the sovereign, economic offences (property/white collar/computer), drug offences, driving offences, public order offences, preliminary crimes (attempts and conspiracy)
  • summary and indictable offences
  • parties to a crime including principal in the first degree, principal in the second degree, accessory before the fact, accessory after the fact
  • factors affecting criminal behaviour
  • crime prevention: situational and social


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus (2009) © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales

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