In this unit, students will examine the ways in which criminal liability is established, analysing the ingredients of particular personal violence offences (assault, sexual assault, the homicides) and related defences (provocation and self-defence, 'insanity' and substantial impairment, automatism, infanticide, intoxication, necessity and duress) from historical, theoretical and practical context perspectives. In the process, students will gain an appreciation of how gender impacts the ways that the criminal law and justice system contend with accused persons and their victims. The Law's claims to equality and neutrality will be scrutinised, as will perceptions of discrimination based on gender.
3000wd essay (50%) and 2hr exam (50%)
The unit replaced LAWS6034 Criminal Liability. Core unit for MCrim students who commenced before 1 January 2019. This unit is an introduction to aspects of criminal law for non-lawyers, and for law students from non-common law jurisdictions. It is therefore not available to students who have completed a law degree in a common law jurisdiction. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/