This unit builds on Criminal Law: Principles and Processes. It draws students into deeper analyses of doctrinal criminal law through studying homicide, sexual offences, drug offences, serious driving offences and property offences. This unit also introduces you to the framework the criminal law uses for prosecuting more than one person for being ‘a party’ to an offence in some way. In some sections of the unit you will encounter advanced concepts, such as determining whether killing someone already thought to be dead constitutes murder. Since the criminal laws studied are contained in Tasmanian and Australian legislation, the unit enhances students’ skills in statutory interpretation, which are highly valued in various professional settings.
|Unit name||Criminal Law: Homicide and Other Complex Offences|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard
|Available as student elective?||No|
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- Recall and summarise legal definitions, the outcomes of court cases, and the facts that need to be proven to establish guilt for different criminal offences.
- Examine the reasoning behind a particular judgment, principle, proposition or interpretation from the perspective of lawyers representing the prosecution and the accused.
- Predict how a court might decide a question of law given a certain factual situation and conflicting legal opinion regarding the correct interpretation of criminal law statutes
- Explain orally and in writing the relevant law and application to factual context
50 credit points of Introductory Law core or (LAW121 and LAW122) - to do this unit it is recommended that you have completed LAW229
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
LAW352 and LAW258
Weekly lecture (2.5 hours)
Task 1: End of semester open book exam, 2 hours (50%)
Task 2: Judicial summation exercise - Oral judicial summation of case to jury, 10 minutes (20%)
Task 3: Seminar paper 1 - Tutorial Paper, 1500 words (15%)
Task 4: Seminar Paper 2 - Tutorial paper, 1500 words (15%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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