Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > criminal law and procedure

This course provides the student with an understanding of the general principles of criminal law, together with a detailed knowledge of the application of these principles in respect of major crimes.  The student is also introduced to aspects of pre-trial criminal procedure, including police powers of arrest, search, seizure and interrogation.

The objectives of the course are:

1. to introduce students to aspects of pre-trial criminal procedure with a view to appreciating the competing public policy considerations of crime control and individual liberty;

2. to provide students with a basic understanding of the general principles of criminal responsibility through an appreciation of criminal law theory, and the study of major crimes and defences;

3. to develop the students' skills of critical appraisal of social institutions and community values and expectations in relation to criminal behaviour; and

4. to encourage students to think about the ways in which power structures in society are reproduced by the criminal law and criminal justice system.


Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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