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Semester 1

Criminal Law B: Doctrine and Theory (LAWS10254)







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**This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.** Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Law courses, ideally including a course equivalent to Criminal Law Ordinary (LAWS08142), at grade B or above to qualify for this course; we will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course is concerned with questions of doctrine and theory: how does criminal law operate and how should the criminal law best be structured? The course will consist of an advanced exploration of key components of criminal law, such as criminal responsibility, causation, justifications and excuses, and an in-depth examination of particular sets of rules such as the definition of homicide, sexual offences, and selected defences.

Course Description

The course has the general learning objectives of developing deep knowledge and critical understanding of the doctrines and principles of criminal law, particularly in relation to criminal responsibility and to criminal offences and defences. The course is taught through seminars, which take the form of an open discussion of the seminar topic. Reading lists will be available from the course website; students are expected to prepare by completing the required reading in advance of seminars. The hand-out includes questions around which the seminar is structured. Participation in class discussion is expected.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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