Available in 2018
Course code

LAWS6003A

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course requires students to demonstrate an advanced command of substantive and theoretical criminal law and procedure. The focus is primarily on the criminal laws of New South Wales, although a comparative component is included. Students will critically examine and evaluate contemporary doctrinal principles of criminal law and procedure, including a broad range of criminal offences, defences and procedural rules in a professional and scholarly context.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of doctrinal criminal law and procedure;

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of relevant theoretical models of crime and criminal law policy;

3. Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to analyse and reflect on complex criminal cases at a practical and theoretical level;

4. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present opinions on complex cases at a level suitable to specialist and non-specialist audiences;

5. Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake doctrinal research, interpretation and analysis;

6. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the ethical and professional limits on practice in criminal law;

7. Demonstrate developed written communication skills in the context of criminal law.

8. Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations, mediation, negotiation and court appearances.


Content

The topics in this course include: 

  1. What is Crime and Criminal Law?
  2. Determining Criminal Responsibility and Aspects of Proof
  3. The Criminal Justice System
  4. Criminal Procedure
  5. Public Order Offences
  6. Offences Against the Person
  7. Sexual Offences
  8. Murder and Manslaughter
  9. Property Offences
  10. Drugs Offences
  11. Extending Criminal Responsibility " attempt, conspiracy and complicity
  12. Defences
  13. Sentencing and Punishment

Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.


Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001 & LAWS6002A studied concurrently with LAWS6003A


Assessment items

Participation: Attendance at Seminars and Workshops *

Formal Examination: End of Semester Examination

Presentation: group presentation of case analysis

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - • 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 as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy; • 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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • 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 as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy; 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.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

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