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LX4019: CRIMINAL JUSTICE (HONOURS) (2017-2018)

Last modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:06


Course Overview

This course looks in depth at certain of the main aspects of the Scottish criminal justice process, focussing upon its mainly adversarial nature. Some comparisons are drawn with the inquisitorial processes of continental Europe. Topics addressed include: prosecution systems; the position of the accused; the status granted to the victim; plea-bargaining; the trial process; and appeals. The emphasis is not so much on ‘black-letter law’ but on the principles and policies, often clashing, which underlie the detailed legal rules and regulations governing the relevant institutions and processes.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Peter Duff

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Course Aims:

  • To introduce members of the class to general theories concerning the nature of the criminal process.
  • To analyse elements of the Scottish system of criminal justice against a background of comparative models of the criminal process.
  • To compare and contrast the Scottish system of criminal justice with other modern legal systems.
  • To examine the role of the major participants in the criminal process: the police, the prosecutor, the accused, the victim and witnesses.
  • To encourage a critical evaluation of Scottish criminal justice.
  • To encourage research to a standard appropriate to honours-level study.

Content: This course analyses elements of Scottish criminal justice against a background of theoretical and comparative models of the criminal process. It looks at both the trial and pre-trial proceedings. Against this background, the course examines the role of the major participants – the police, the prosecutor, the accused, the victim and the adjudicator(s) – in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of crime.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

31 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour exam (66%) and 1 3000-word essay (33%). Resit: None.

Formative Assessment

For MA Legal Studies (LX) students only, a 1,000-word essay.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

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