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Criminal Law (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Law
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of Legal Sciences / Field: Criminal law
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation

The criminal law study program aims to provide a range of modules that will form the basis of information and advanced knowledge on criminal law matters for the purpose of training students to basic legal professions related to this field by providing solid knowledge, the specific and systematic institutes and concepts of criminal law in R. Macedonia and comparative knowledge to the region and the EU.

Law Faculty diploma is recognized by the Chamber of Lawyers and Notaries in RM. Exercise of legal professions requires formal registration in these rooms. Graduation in the Faculty of Law enables students to approach the relevant state bodies, especially in judicial branch as courts and public prosecutors. The Law Faculty has signed cooperation agreements with the Academy for training of judges and public prosecutors in the RM. Students who will have the ambition to deal with scientific research work, the Law Faculty of SEEU, enables the continuation in third cycle studies-PhD studies.

Knowledge and understanding

-    Has advanced theoretical, empiric and comparative knowledge on criminal law sciences as well as advanced knowledge on the legislation and jurisdiction in the area of the prevention of crime.
-    Has in-depth understanding of problems related to crime and penal sanctions especially in the fields of comparative criminal law and procedure, theoretical and applicable criminology and penology, organized crime and forensic sciences (medicine, psychiatry, psychology).
-    Has specific knowledge of advanced research techniques and methods in the area of criminal law and procedure.

Applying knowledge and understanding

-    Identifies and analyzes more complex problems in the area of criminal law and procedure, thus can take active part in all the stages of a criminal procedure as well as can interpret advanced issues of the criminal legislation (including working as a judge, prosecutor or attorney, once they have the needed qualifications according to the legislation of RM).
-    Utilizes the knowledge gained through research in the problem solving process through comparing practices and solutions in the area of prevention of crime.

Making judgement

-    Performs more critical thinking through methods of analyzing and comparing.
-    Develops skills of solving problems through case-law practices of more complex national and international cases.

Communication skills

-    Utilizes proper terminology for complex and specific issues in the area of criminal law sciences.
-    Is able to reach decisions and work more directly and effectively in all the police and court stages of a criminal procedure.
-    Is involved in research based legal argumentation and debate.
-     Utilizes the official languages of the University as well as more advanced computer skills in the research work.

Learning skills

-    Develops a regulation of research to be used in their profession.
-    Creates a practice of lifelong learning and service through being involved in training persons that work in the state institutions of crime prevention.

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Research Methodology
    Students will be able to: - To apply the main methods of legal and other research. - To collect research material in a critical way that is relevant and which are cited by the authors in their responses. - To understand the scope of the research and access to various methods of research, being able even to their critical review. - To study the relationship between legal theory and research practice through an advanced approach. - To apply skills and knowledge learned in their theses.
  • [6 ECTS] Material Criminal Law
    Basis for teaching in this course is the General and Special aspects of Criminal Law. In this course, instead of the traditional method ex cathedra, the case study method and clinical methods will be actively implemented.
  • [6 ECTS] Criminology
    The acquisition of advanced knowledge on the object of study of Criminology and its main institutions, issues and contemporary trends and studying the influence of various factors in the commission of offenses, criminological examinations on the perpetrator and victim of crime and identification and criminological analysis of contemporary issues.
  • [6 ECTS] International Criminal Law
    After successfully completing the course, students are expected to have gained a solid knowledge of the concepts and scope of this discipline, the rates in ICL, the repressive powers and jurisdiction of the states, extradition, asylum, transfer of criminal procedure, criminal legal aid, cooperation and the corpus of international human rights and international powers over criminal cases.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] Criminal Procedural Law
    The purpose of this course is for students to gain a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of criminal procedural provisions and institutions which is legally regulated and the activity of the procedural authorities and other participants in criminal proceedings and prepared for their practical application.
  • [6 ECTS] Criminlistics
    Specialization in this area is needed especially for the professional who will work in the justice - court, public prosecutor and judicial police. Criminalistics at its core has substantive and procedural criminal legislation and regulations derived from them. Each figure includes legal offense in itself determine the totality of facts and circumstances relevant to the overall right solution of the criminal case.
  • [6 ECTS] Penology
    The acquisition of advanced knowledge on the subject of study of Penology and its main institutions, issues and contemporary trends and studying the influence of various factors in the execution of criminal sanctions, penological examination regarding the punishment imposed as well as identifying and analyzing penological contemporary issues.
  • [6 ECTS] Juvenile Deliquency
    Juvenile criminals are in close connection with other phenomena of socio-pathological, such as drug addiction, alcoholism and prostitution, phenomena that are distributed today in almost every country in the world, and unfortunately they are present in our country. Therefore, the purpose of this discipline is to discover and record new forms of this criminal phenomenon and to explain the reasons for their presence in order to propose appropriate measures for their prevention and repression.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Judicial Psychology
    This discipline has character to support other criminal law sciences in order to assess the psychological truth and falsehood in the criminal trial against the defendants, witnesses and other persons in criminal proceedings through psychological assessment of their statements and actions.
  • [6 ECTS] Misdemeanor Law
    The aim of the course consists in gaining advanced knowledge on the right of offenses as scientific discipline as well as part of its substantive and procedural, including regulating legal under the law for minor offenses.
  • [6 ECTS] Comparative Criminal Law
    The course examines the penal systems of different countries, systematic analysis of solutions of the criminal laws in the context of existing social conditions and factors, the development trends of criminal laws and their harmonization with penal legislation within the EU.
  • [6 ECTS] Victimology
    Victim issues, the process of victimization, increasing the number of people who are victimized, victim compensation and the prevention of victimization are key issues of the case, because the protection of victims and victimization represent a major preoccupation of modern society.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Organized Crime
    • Computer Crime
    • Forensic Law
    • Domestic Violence
    • Human Trafficking

Semester 4

  • [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex task of Master-Thesis. The module is designed to be fully practical and students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the thesis. The module has unique return result-to enable students to write the master thesis with minimal difficulties, and with maximum efficiency. The course aims to improve research techniques and style of writing paper, taking account to stop illegal means, such as plagiarism and infringement of copyright, which are prohibited by the Statute of SEEU.