Advanced Criminal Law (LAWS5104)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit critically examines the criminal law, criminal justice institutions and penal practices in the context of legal scholarly debates. Topics to be considered in any one semester may include criminal responsibility, capacity, gender and criminal law, corporate criminal liability, offence construction and trends in sentencing. In addition to these topics, the unit will attempt to respond to cutting edge developments in the criminal law as they arise. This unit of study introduces a set of 'challenges' for the contemporary criminal law. Each 'challenge' forms the lens through which larger or longer-term theoretical and others issues are discussed. This unit does not adopt a content - driven approach to criminal law; instead, it adopts an explicitly critical socio-historical approach to the study of law, and draws on inter-disciplinary scholarship throughout. Discussion of relevant academic commentary forms a core part of the subject matter of the course.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

1x6-hr seminars/week for 7 weeks

Assessment

Research paper proposal (20%) and research paper (60%) and class participation (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

LAWS1016 or LAWS1003 or LAWS2009 or LAWS5004

Prohibitions

LAWS3445, LAWS3404

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