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Criminal Liability - LAWS6034

Year - 2018

In this unit, students will examine the ways in which criminal liability is established, and the central factors governing liability; analyse the general principles of criminal law, constituent elements of particular offences and the definition of a range of defences from historical, theoretical and practical context perspectives, with a special focus on male violence; and gain an appreciation of the tensions and perceived prejudices inherent in the criminal law and the criminal justice system. The unit will cover the following: phenomenon of criminal law; violence; capacity; proof; attempts and accessorial liability; offences: sexual and non-sexual assault, murder and manslaughter; defences: provocation and self-defence, 'insanity' and substantial impairment, automatism, infanticide, intoxication, necessity and duress.

1x2-hr lecture/week

3000wd essay (50%) and 2hr open-book exam (50%)

Additional information
Core unit for MCrim students. This unit is an introduction to aspects of criminal law for non-lawyers and is therefore not available to students who have completed a law degree or studies in criminal law from a common law jurisdiction.


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Mr Graeme Coss
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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