This course introduces students to the sources of law which define general principles of criminal responsibility, and to a selection of substantive criminal offences and criminal defences as well as to criminal procedure. The substantive offences include assault, sexual assault, murder, manslaughter, and property offences, whilst the criminal defences include provocation and self-defence. Students will be exposed to common law sources as well as legislation and criminal codes where relevant. Basic legal theories of the criminal law will also be introduced. The lecture program will be supported by problem-solving tutorials aimed at enabling students to give legal advice as to criminal liability and the resolution of procedural problems.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, explain and apply the principles of criminal law covered in the course;
- Access, use, interpret and apply complex statutory material to solve criminal law problems
- Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions to complex criminal law problems and/or issues in the context of individual and collaborative problem solving.
- Multiple choice quiz (30) [LO 1]
- Invigilated Exam (70) [LO null]
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There will be 3 hours of lectures each week in weeks 1-2 and 2 hours of lectures each week in weeks 3-12. There will be a one hour tutorial in weeks 3-12.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Simon Bronitt and Bernadette McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (4th Edition, Pyrmont: Thomson Reuters LawBook Co, 2017). ISBN 9780455237909
RN Howie and PA Johnson, Annotated Criminal Legislation New South Wales 2018- 2019 edition (Lexis Nexis, updated yearly). ISBN 9780409349320
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