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LAWS3404: Advanced Criminal Law

2024 unit information

This unit critically examines the criminal law, criminal justice institutions and penal practices in the context of legal scholarly debates. Topics to be considered in any one semester may include criminal responsibility, gender and criminal law, wrongs and harms, offence construction and abolitionism. In addressing these topics, the unit will attempt to respond to cutting edge developments in the criminal law as they arise. Each topic forms the lens through which larger or longer-term theoretical and others issues are discussed. By contrast with the foundational unit, Criminal Law, this unit does not adopt a content - driven approach to criminal law; instead, it adopts an explicitly critical socio-historical approach to the study of law, and draws on inter-disciplinary material throughout. Discussion of relevant academic scholarship forms a core part of the subject matter of the course.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney Law School

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify and describe to an advanced level the historical and contextual connections between different criminal law doctrines.
  • LO2. Critically analyse and evaluate the impact of contemporary social, political, doctrinal, and procedural issues on the development and application of criminal law.
  • LO3. Compare various traditions and practices in criminal law through critical analysis of legal theory, criminology, and related fields.
  • LO4. Analyse the development of law in specified areas, reflecting on its evolution and current applications.
  • LO5. Synthesise information from primary and secondary legal sources to develop solutions for complex, real-world and hypothetical legal scenarios.
  • LO6. Apply relevant legal research methodologies to formulate sound, logically structured legal arguments and communicate these to diverse audiences.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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