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Criminal Justice and the Constitution

PBL4602F

Final level, first semester half course, two lectures per week. The course is limited to 25 students.

Course convenor: Ms Jameelah Omar

Course outline:

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore selected advanced issues in criminal justice, punishment and the manner in which the Constitution impacts the criminal justice system in the context of South Africa’s socio, politico and economic history and the transition to democracy. Students will use the group discussions to develop research skills, including critical thinking and produce research papers. The course draws on principles of criminal law, constitutional law, the law of evidence, and interacts with criminology.

DP requirements: None.

Assessment:

Attendance at and participation in seminars 10%
Final research paper 90%