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The course examines topics of current interest in criminal law from a theoretical perspective. The course focuses on the moral principles and policy considerations underlying specific criminal laws, rather than taking a purely “black-letter law” approach. It considers how some of the most serious offences, such as murder and rape, should be defined and also examines various defences such as provocation, diminished responsibility, mental disorder, coercion and necessity.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
The course examines selected principles of criminal liability in the light of criminal law theory. Topics include the role and limits of the criminal law, the defence of mental disorder, murder, rape, provocation and the limits of excusability. Comparative material from a variety of jurisdictions is included.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: The final (two-hour) examination counts for two-thirds of the final assessment. The remaining one third of the final assessment consists of an assessed 3,500 word essay.
Resit: 2-hour exam worth 100%.
There are no assessments for this course.