LAWPUBL 420 - Advanced Criminal Law

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: First Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 3 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Katherine Doolin
Prerequisites: LAW 201
Restriction: LAWPUBL 420

Course description

An examination of selected topics in criminal law and the criminal justice process of Aotearoa New Zealand, with comparison to developments in other jurisdictions. Topics may include: victims and the criminal process; restorative justice; therapeutic jurisprudence; solution-focused courts; family violence; indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system; media and crime; and imprisonment. The focus is on law-in-action and law-in-context.

Course overview

This course is for students wishing to undertake an in-depth examination of selected topics in criminal law and the criminal justice process of Aotearoa New Zealand. The course begins by exploring the meaning and construction of crime, the purposes of the criminal justice process, and the extent to which the criminal justice process in Aotearoa New Zealand is fit for purpose. The remainder of the course examines and evaluates selected topics, which may include: indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system; family violence, intimate partner violence and the criminal law; the purpose of punishment and use of imprisonment; victims and the criminal process; restorative justice; therapeutic jurisprudence; and Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts and other solution-focused courts. The focus adopted in the course is on ‘law-in- action’ and ‘law-in-context’. The course will encourage a critical appreciation of the issues covered. Where appropriate, comparison with other jurisdictions will be discussed.  

Assessment

  • 750 word reflective/response paper (10%)
  • 2250 word reflective/response paper (30%)
  • 2 hour closed-book exam (60%)