LL4CE Half Unit
Security and Criminal Law
This information is for the 2015/16 session.
Dr Peter Ramsay NAB 6.27
This course is available on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.
Undergraduate study of criminal law (or equivalent).
This is a course in advanced criminal law theory. The central concern of contemporary criminal justice policy is public protection. The course examines leading texts in Anglo-American criminal law theory in order to investigate the interests that are protected by the structure of the criminal law.
the concept of security;
the concept of criminal law;
the presumption of innocence;
public welfare offences;
security and human rights.
The reading materials for this course are primarily philosophical and theoretical. The course contrasts the different perspectives of moral and political theories of criminal justice and criminal law, and investigates what they tell us about the scope and limits of criminal law as a security system. The course therefore provides an introduction to normative criminal law theory in the common law world. At the same time, this introduction adopts an innovative approach to that theory by situating it in the context of the contemporary policy pressures on criminal law.
Each seminar consists of a student presentation on a key question, class discussion and a teacher presentation. There is a reading week in Week 6.
20 hours of seminars in the MT.
There will be a Reading Week in week 6 of MT.
All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.
A Ashworth and L Zedner Preventive Justice (OUP 2014); I Dennis and GR Sullivan (eds), Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms (Hart, 2012); A Brudner, Punishment and Freedom (OUP, 2009); RA Duff, Answering for Crime (Hart, 2007); P Ramsay The Insecurity State: Vulnerable Autonomy and the Right to Security In the Criminal Law (OUP, 2012); A Ashworth (et al), Prevention and the Limits of Criminal Law (OUP, 2013).
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Total students 2014/15: 7
Average class size 2014/15: 7
Controlled access 2014/15: Yes
Value: Half Unit