As one of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, these modules have a direct contribution to qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales). The content of these modules is informed, therefore, by the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board and each serves to provide students with substantive knowledge of English criminal law. The module therefore covers the following:
• Introduction to the concept of crime, the structure of criminal justice and the general principles of liability
• Harm and the boundaries of criminal law
• Considering cases – how to effectively summarise cases and write a case note
• Defences to murder
• General defences
• Non-fatal offences against the person
• Sexual offences
• Inchoate offences
• Property-related offences
Contact Hours: 55
Private Study: 245
Total Study Hours: 300
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
The module will be assessed by 40% coursework and 60% examination.
Examination - unseen paper (3 hours) - 60%
Coursework - Advice note (2000 words) – 20%.
coursework - Compulsory oral presentation (5-10 minutes) – 20%. This element must be passed alongside the other elements to pass the module overall. These assessments will be recorded and each group participant will receive a group mark.
The module will be reassessed by like-for-like reassessment of the failed individual component(s).
Herring J. (2019), Criminal Law: Text, Cases and Materials (8th Edition), Oxford, Oxford University Press
Horder J. (2019), Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law, (9th Edition), Oxford, Oxford University Press Ormerod, D.(2018) , Smith and Hogan: Criminal Law (15th Edition), Oxford, Oxford University Press
Ormerod D. and Laird K. (2018), Smith, Hogan and Ormerod's: Criminal Law (15th Edition), Oxford, Oxford University Press
Padfield, N. (2016), Criminal Law (10th Edition), Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Thomas M. (2018), Criminal Law, (1st Edition), Salford, Hall and Stott
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate a sound grounding in the concepts, principles and rules of criminal offences.
2.Demonstrate a sound understanding of the wider debate in respect of the place of criminal law in the social context, the definitions of harm and the boundaries of criminal law.
3.Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical debates in the criminal law field.
4.Assess criminal liability in a given factual situation and identify any defences by applying relevant legal principles, case law and statute law to the facts, and critically debate any issues raised.
5.Engage in a reasoned and informed discussion of the major areas of criminal law making appropriate reference to legal and academic source authorities.
6.Evaluate the operation of the criminal law in the social context.
The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate their skills in summarising cases and developing argument.
2.Demonstrate research and presentation skills through class presentations and through assessment.
3.Undertake independent legal research and identify and retrieve up to date information, using a range of paper and electronic sources.
4.Present legal argument both in class and through assessment
5.Recognise potential alternative conclusions for particular situations, and provide supporting reasons for them.
6.Use relevant legal terminology with care and accuracy.
7.Present and evaluate information in a numerical or statistical form
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