Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A

Course code LAWS2004AUnits 10Level 2000Faculty 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

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesWhen 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.
ContentThis 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
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have successfully completed LAWS1002A and LAWS1002B.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThe 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 DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Seminar
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalMid Year Formal Examination
Please note that the assessment items for LAWS2004A and LAWS2004B are undertaken over the full academic year.
Quiz - ClassIn Class Multiple Choice Test
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs. Students must attempt all assessment items in order to achieve a passing grade in this course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LAWS2004A