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LX4019: CRIMINAL JUSTICE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Peter R. 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?

  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - 18, 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3000 word essay (40%)

2x 1000 word answers in 48 hours (60%)

 

Resit: 100% online exam

Alternative Resit Arrangements (2020/2021)

Resit failed element in same format

Alternative Resit Arrangements (2019/2020 & C8 Students)

48 hour written exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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