Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A
|Course code LAWS2004A||Units 10||Level 2000||Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School|
LAWS courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LAWS); Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
Criminal Law and Procedure (Parts A and B) is an introductory course to the criminal law. The course will develop your knowledge of the key areas of criminal liability, and aims to develop a critical understanding of the function and application of the criminal law. The focus is primarily the criminal laws of New South Wales, although a comparative component is included.
This course will introduce students to the principles of criminal responsibility. It will include detailed consideration of a broad range of criminal offences, defences, and the broader context of the criminal law. The rules of criminal procedure will be examined in some detail. The principal agencies, procedures and routines involved in the administration of criminal justice will be addressed. This course will also contribute to the further development of skills in legal problem solving, legal research and analysis, and written communication in a professional legal context.
This course is a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms; i.e. without an intervening term.
Available in 2015
|Objectives||When you have successfully completed this course you will be able to:|
LO1) Demonstrate a comprehensive contextual knowledge of the concepts and principles of the criminal law;
LO2) Demonstrate a comprehensive contextual knowledge of the major agencies and procedures involved in the criminal justice system;
LO3) Critically evaluate the social, political, moral and ethical dimensions of the criminal law;
LO4) Locate and retrieve primary and secondary materials relevant to the study of criminal law;
LO5) Interpret, analyse and critique primary and secondary materials relevant to the study of criminal law;
LO6) Engage in legal reasoning and apply legal knowledge in solving hypothetical criminal law problems;
LO7) Demonstrate developed written communication skills in the context of criminal law.
|Content||This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of the criminal law, including: principles of criminal responsibility; a broad range of criminal offences (such as assault, sexual assault, murder and manslaughter, property offences, drug offences, traffic offences and public order offences); principles by which criminal responsibility is extended; and the major defences (including the mental state defences, provocation, self-defence and related issues). This course will also address in detail the major agencies and procedures that comprise the criminal justice system (including contemporary policing, pre-trial procedures and prosecution of crime), and the major principles of criminal sentencing.|
|Replacing Course(s)||LAWS1002A and LAWS1002B|
|Transition||This course is not available to students who have successfully completed LAWS1002A and LAWS1002B.|
|Assumed Knowledge||The course assumes students have completed the core 1000 level law subjects (LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1003A and LAWS1003B) or equivalents, or are Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) students.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for LAWS2004A|