2847.19 - Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

Course number
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Upper secondary education or the equivalent.
The purpose of the course is give the students a basic insight to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, including rules, principles and practice in order to provide them with the basic preconditions for working in the area of the law concerned with criminalisation, criminal sanctions and criminal procedure.
The course covers among other things: - The purposes of criminal law – penal and criminal theory. - Basic principles and concepts of the general part of criminal law, such as: o The legality principle and basic principles of interpretation. - Objective and subjective conditions for criminal liability, such as: o Attempts to commit a crime and conspiracies to commit a crime. - Criminal defences, such as: o Self-defence. o Necessity. o Consent. - The most important rules regarding sentencing and sentencing ranges. - Selected areas of the special part of Criminal Law including the rules regarding particular crimes (delicts) such as: o Crimes against the family and sexual crimes. o Financial crimes. - Important parts of the procedural rules related to the work of the police, prosecutors and how the courts process criminal cases.
Learning and teaching approaches
Approx 40 hours class teaching (confrontation hours). The course consists of lectures, student presentations, critical discussion, and the application of assigned readings.
Learning outcomes
After completion of the course, the students shall be able to: - Analyze the legislation, practice and theory surrounding Criminal Law. - Explain the content and purposes of basic principles and concepts of Criminal Law . - Discuss and analyze concrete criminal cases. - Identify and distinguish between relevant categories of crimes (delicts), preconditions for criminal liability, conditions for sanctions and the like. - Provide objective and professional justifications for solution proposals. - Communicate their knowledge and arguments in a systematic and coherent way with good language.
Assessment method
A midterm exam consisting of a group presentation and written assignment will constitute 25% of the grade. A final written 4-hour exam at the end of the course will count for 75%. It is a precondition for attending the final written exam that the midterm exam is passed. It is further a precondition for passing the course as a whole that also the final written exam is passed. Only one combined grade will be given for both exam components.
Marking scale
Gorm Toftegaard Nielsen og Nicolaj Sivan Holst, Straffesagens gang, 7. Ed., 2020 (or later edition). Knud Waaben, Strafferettens almindelige del, ansvarslæren, 6. Revised ed., 2015 (or later edition). Other materials, including law review articles and cases, available on the Moodle network before teaching starts. Altogether readings will be approx. 550-600 pages. See in detail the syllabus available on Moodle prior to teaching.
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