Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists - LW562

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) MS L Griffiths checkmark-circle


This 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 the following module collections.

Contact hours

10 hours of lectures; 10 hours of seminars (approximately).


Available to Physical Science students only.

Method of assessment

50% essay and 50% take home problem question.

Indicative reading

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).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

Demonstrate a critical awareness of the economic, political and/or social implications of legal forms and remedies in the area of criminal law.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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