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.
The objectives of this course are to enable students to:
· engage with the criminal law and procedure of NSW as well as a small portion of the codified criminal law of the ACT;
· gain a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the relevant substantive and procedural legislation and case law meeting ‘Priestley Eleven’ requirement;
· become familiar with the more important debates about the purposes of the criminal law and the fundamental concepts that it embodies; and
appreciate the broad political and social forces that shape selected
areas of the criminal law.
By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Identify, explain and apply the principles of criminal law covered in the course;
2. Access, use, interpret and apply complex statutory material to solve criminal law problems
3. 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.
Other Information* Prescribed text has been updated with a new edition of textbook
Tutorial participation, a team debate, a mid-semester exam and an exam at the end of the course.
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WorkloadThere will be 3 hours of large group lectures each week supplemented by a tutorial program. A further 6 plus hours of private study is expected per week in order to review required reading and to prepare for tutorials.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Simon Bronitt and Bernadette McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (4th Edition, Pyrmont: Thomson Reuters LawBook Co, 2017).
RN Howie and PA Johnson, Annotated Criminal Legislation New South Wales 2016- 2017 edition (Lexis Nexis, 2015).
None. Consult course outline for Week 1 reading.
Indicative Reading List
Please consult the Course Study Guide.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 3
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|2344||19 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person|