LAWS 2302 V - Criminal Law

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.
Precludes additional credit for LAWS 2004 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): LAWS 1001 and LAWS 1002.

This course will be a venue for introduction to, critical analysis and exploration of, the current
Canadian Criminal Legal System, including its institutions, processes, rules, and actors.
The goal is to situate the criminal law 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.
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.

CRN for section V: 13457

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 13458

In-class lecture time & location:
Wednesdays, 6:05pm to 8:55pm, 624 SA

Instructor: Paolo Giancaterino

Paolo Giancaterino

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