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2017 Seminar IB/IIB/ⅢB(E)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: McGinty
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Course Type: Seminar
Semester: Spring
Year: 2&3&4
Course Periods: Fri 16:30-18:00
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not:
Classroom: Seminar room 4 / ALEP

 

Outline of Lecture Course

In this term’s seminar the topic will be “Issues in criminal law.” Mainly drawing on cases and academic literature from Canada and the United States, the seminar has two main objectives.  Since it is designed for students who have no background in criminal law, the first objective is to provide students with an overview of the criminal law process in the justice system.  Issues covered in this regard will include the granting of bail, plea bargaining, the jury system and selection, the collection and use of evidence, and sentencing.  The second, and largely separate, objective is to look at a selection of recent academic studies surveying a number of issues in American and Canadian criminal law. The purpose here is to both introduce students to the problems which these studies reveal with the criminal justice system and to give them an understanding of the underlying rationales and functions of the system.  The diverse sets of interesting questions looked at here include who is responsible when a corporation commits a crime?  How would the criminal justice system punish time travellers or robots who commit crimes?

It should be noted that this dual focus on procedure and broader systemic issues largely does not include a discussion of substantive criminal law (ie what specific acts criminal law prohibits). 

Course Objectives

See above.

Textbooks There is no textbook for this course.
Course Materials/Supplementaries Course materials will be distributed in electronic format.
Assessment

Student Presentation 40%

Student Participation 10%

Final Essay 50%

Prerequisites
Other Notes

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Introduction
2

The criminal law process: an overview
3 Bail
4 Plea bargaining
5 Juries
6 Evidence
7 Sentencing
8 Why doesn't criminal law punish those who fail to rescue?
9 Who is responsible when a corporation commits a crime?
10 How do we remedy wrongful convictions?
11 The (hypothetical) problem of time traveling criminals.
12 If a robot commits a crime, what do we do about it?
13 TBA
14 TBA
15 TBA

 

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