The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

LAWS2030

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

Criminal Law and Procedure is the first introductory course to the criminal law. The course will develop your knowledge of the criminal law and foster a critical understanding of its function and application. The focus is primarily the criminal laws of New South Wales, although comparative components are included where appropriate.

The course introduces the principles of criminal responsibility. It will include detailed consideration of a range of criminal offences, defences, and the broader context of the criminal law. The rules of criminal procedure will also 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 your skills in legal problem solving, legal analysis, and oral communication for legal audiences.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the concepts and principles of the criminal law.

2. Explain the major actors, agencies and procedures involved in the criminal justice system.

3. Critically evaluate the social, political, moral and ethical dimensions of the criminal law.

4. Interpret, analyse and critique primary and secondary materials relevant to the study of criminal law.

5. Engage in legal reasoning and apply legal knowledge to address hypothetical criminal law problems.

6. Use developed written communication skills in the context of criminal law.

7. Orally present and defend arguments in a style consistent with professional legal practice.


Content

This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of the criminal law, including principles of criminal responsibility and a selection of criminal offences. 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. Topics include:

  • Definitions of crime
  • Aims of criminal law
  • Elements of criminal offences
  • Homicide
  • Non fatal offences against the person
  • Property offences
  • Drug offences
  • Defences (including mental illness, self-defence and intoxication)
  • Principles extending criminal responsibility (including attempts, conspiracy and complicity)

Criminal procedures (including investigation, arrest and bail) and court proceedings (including classification of offences and sentencing).


Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.


Assumed knowledge

The course assumes students have completed the core 1000 level law subjects (LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020 and LAWS1021).


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Advice on Criminal Liability *

Participation: Attendance at Seminars and completion of online learning activities *

In Term Test: Take Home Examination *

Quiz: Online Quiz *

Presentation: In-Class Presentation *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator. In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes and activities as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy. This includes both seminars (participation is measured by attendance at both face-to-face and online seminars) and the online module (participation is measured by the completion of the module and any related activities). Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term