OverviewThis module seeks to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the criminal law, including a grounding in its historical development and underlying philosophy; to provide a detailed grasp of key concepts and general principles; and to promote a critical discussion about the nature, function and effects of the use of criminal law in given contextual situations.
This module appears in:
10 hours of lectures; 10 hours of seminars (approximately).
Available to Physical Science students only.
Method of assessment
50% essay of 3000 words and 50% take home problem question.
Elliott & Quinn's Criminal Law ( Pearson, 10th ed, 2014).
Glanville Williams: Learning the Law, A T H Smith, ( Sweet and Maxwell, 14th or 15th ed).
Students who successfully complete the module will be able to:
Understand the core general concepts and principles underpinning the criminal law, and rules of key specific criminal offences including murder/manslaughter and non-fatal offences against the person including core sexual offences.
Have a good understanding of the wider debate in respect of the use of the criminal law in the social context, the definitions of harm and the boundaries of criminal law
Engage in practical application of their knowledge, through consideration of criminal law problem questions, and engage in critical debate of the issues raised
Have knowledge of major theoretical debates in the criminal law field in at least one key area.
Discuss the major areas of the criminal law covered, making appropriate reference to legal and academic source authorities