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Gender, Violence and the Criminal Law - LAWS6034

Year - 2020

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.

1x2-hr lecture/week

3000wd essay (50%) and 2hr exam (50%)

Additional information
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 The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Semester 2

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
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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