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LAW4113 - Current problems in criminal law 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2007


Topics will be drawn from both the general part of the criminal law, for example: automatism, insanity, intoxication, duress and entrapment; specific offences, for example, obscenity, contempt, homicide and sexual offences, and issues such as the role of the jury, sentencing and the function of the psychiatrist in the criminal process. Students will be called upon to undertake independent research.


  1. To provide advanced study in criminal law and procedure by reference to contemporary issues and problems not dealt with or insufficiently covered in LAW3300 and
  2. to develop skills in legal research and the presentation of legal material.


Compulsory research assignment (3200 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 60%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week.


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302