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LS5096: ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:37


Course Overview

This course is comparative in nature and examines in depth certain aspects of the criminal justice process, focussing upon differences between the adversarial and inquisitorial models. Examples are mainly drawn from Scotland, England and 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 Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Peter Duff

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • One of Master of Laws (Criminal Justice) (Studied) or Master of Laws (General Law) (Studied) or Master of Laws in Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Studied) or Master of Laws (Criminal Justice and Human Rights) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (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?

No

Course Description

Various topics in criminal justice, for instance: prosecution systems, the role of the victim, the position of the accused, plea-bargaining, appeals, modelling criminal justice systems.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

18 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

First Attempt: One two hour written examination (67%) and one 3,000 word essay (33%). Re-sit Attempt: 2 hour examination.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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