Course Listing


Harms and Wrongs
Last Updated Date:   21 June 2021


4 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
The module will provide students with the opportunity to critically engage with some of the philosophical problems they encounter when they study criminal law. The focus will be on issues such as:

- When is it that we can be said to be responsible for a certain course of action?
- How should draw the difference between intentional and non-intentional conduct?
- Is the distinction between intended and foreseen harm morally significant?
- Can the wrongfulness of certain actions depend on the intentions of the agent?
- How should we understand the difference between justifications and excuses?
- Why is coercion wrong?
- What is wrong with blackmail?

It will be of interest to students interested in jurisprudence and philosophy of the criminal law.

By the end of the module, students will have a sound knowledge and understanding of selected theoretical issues and key concepts in philosophy of the criminal law. They will be able to critically engage with the law from a theoretically informed perspective, as well as to identify the implications of philosophical debates for important legal questions. Finally, since the format consist of class discussions of articles or book chapters read in advance, students will develop their spoken communication skills.

Please click here for more details on the module

Course Convenor: Visiting Prof Massimo Renzo

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4384 / LL5384 / LL6384 / LLJ5384

Contact Hours: 9 sessions over 3 weeks: Three, 3-hrs continuous weekly seminars

Workload: Intensive: Wk 4 to 6; Dates: 30 Aug - 17 Sep 2021 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm]

Mode of Assessment: Research Paper - 100% [Due: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (9pm)]

Preclusions: LL4384V/LL5384V/LL6384V/LLJ5384V Harms and Wrongs

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

Click here to go Back



top