Criminal Law and Procedure - Part A
This course requires students to demonstrate an advanced command of substantive and theoretical criminal law and procedure. The focus is primarily on the criminal laws of New South Wales, although a comparative component is included. Students will critically examine and evaluate contemporary doctrinal principles of criminal law and procedure, including a broad range of criminal offences, defences and procedural rules in a professional and scholarly context.
Faculty of Business and Law
Newcastle Law School
Semester 1 - 2018
(Newcastle City Precinct)
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of doctrinal criminal law and procedure;
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of relevant theoretical models of crime and criminal law policy;
- Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to analyse and reflect on complex criminal cases at a practical and theoretical level;
- Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present opinions on complex cases at a level suitable to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake doctrinal research, interpretation and analysis;
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the ethical and professional limits on practice in criminal law;
- Demonstrate developed written communication skills in the context of criminal law.
- Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations, mediation, negotiation and court appearances.
The topics in this course include:
- What is Crime and Criminal Law?
- Determining Criminal Responsibility and Aspects of Proof
- The Criminal Justice System
- Criminal Procedure
- Public Order Offences
- Offences Against the Person
- Sexual Offences
- Murder and Manslaughter
- Property Offences
- Drugs Offences
- Extending Criminal Responsibility ” attempt, conspiracy and complicity
- Sentencing and Punishment
||This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.
- This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
||LAWS6001 & LAWS6002A studied concurrently with LAWS6003A
- Participation: Attendance at Seminars and Workshops *
- Formal Examination: End of Semester Examination
- Presentation: group presentation of case analysis
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
Newcastle City Precinct
per Week for
Face to Face On Campus
per Week for
- General Course Requirements: 1. Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (• Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator;
• In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy;
• Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course)
- Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. (Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator;
In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy;
Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course.)
2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6003A