2302 C V - Bromwich - Winter 2019.doc - Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies Course Outline COURSE LAWS 2302 C/V – Criminal Law

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Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies Course Outline C OURSE : LAWS 2302 C/V – Criminal Law T ERM : WINTER 2019 P REREQUISITES : LAWS 1001 and LAWS 1002 C LASS : Day & Time: Wednesdays 11:35 – 2:25 Room: Please check with Carleton Central for current room location I NSTRUCTOR : Dr. Rebecca Bromwich C ONTACT : Office: Loeb C475 Office Hrs: By appointment Telephone: 613-520-2600 ext 2621 Email: [email protected] CALENDAR COURSE DESCRIPTION The legal and social dimensions of criminal liability and responsibility in Canada, including issues and problems surrounding mens rea, actus reus, and the attachment of liability. Excuses and justifications, the Canadian Criminal Code and the role of the Charter in the criminal legal system. Prerequisite(s): LAWS 1001 and LAWS 1002. Lectures three hours a week. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is a complement to LAWS 2301 and will be a venue for further critical analysis and exploration of, the current Canadian Criminal Legal System, including its institutions, processes, rules, and actors. Criminal law will be studied within its general social setting and to examine the interrelationship between the aspirations and practices of Canadian society and its formal legal discourses of criminal law. The course introduces students to both legal and social dimensions of Canadian criminal law. Sentencing principles and objectives will be discussed, with a look at how they are implemented in practice. Time permitting, we will also review some of the recent changes Parliament has brought to our criminal law. A strong emphasis is placed on practical aspects of the law and how the players within the legal system achieve justice. In the latter part of the course, the focus will be on the criminal law in its more traditional formulations as found in The Criminal Code of Canada and in the cases, along with specific current issues in Canada. By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to: • Communicate in detail an understanding of how the formal discourses of the criminal law are currently employed in Canada’s criminal justice system; • Demonstrate comprehension of, by be able to work with, basic criminal law concepts such as 1
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LAWS 2302C/V Winter – 2019 Bromwich the actus reus and mens rea elements of criminal offences, along with various routes to criminal liability;
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