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, and 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:
- Synthesise and apply the principles of criminal law and procedure covered in the course
- Synthesise and apply a range of legally specific research principles, methods, primary legal resources, and tools to the analysis of criminal law problems
- Work both independently and collaboratively, as required, to develop solutions to criminal law problems and present findings both orally and in writing to a range of audiences
- Evaluate the social, cultural and ethical effects of criminal law on society
- Reflect on policy and law reform in criminal law and contribute to debates
- Multiple choice quiz (30) [LO 1,2]
- Coursework assessment (70) [LO 1,2,3]
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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
Arlie Loughnan, Thalia Anthony, Alex Steel, David Brown, David Farrier, Julia Quilter, Luke McNamara, Melanie Schwartz, Michael Grewcock (2020), Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales, 7th Edition, paperback, Federation Press, Australia, ISBN
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