LW5001: Criminal Law

LW5001: Criminal Law

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Criminal Law
Module Code LW5001
Module Tutor Kate Goodwin
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module examines the system of criminal law in England and Wales, including general principles of criminal liability and specific offences and defences.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to the nature and purpose of criminal law, general principles of criminal liability, homicide, non-fatal offences against the person, offences against property, inchoate offences, and general defences.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to: 

1. demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of those aspects of Criminal Law identified in the indicative syllabus above and form a critical judgement on areas of controversy within the topics studied;

2. demonstrate understanding of the social and political context in which criminal law operates, and of the policy reasons for changes in the criminal law;

3. demonstrate understanding of the different views on the role and scope of criminal law;

4. analyse problems in Criminal Law, apply the legal principles studied to these problems, and present well-supported conclusions both orally and in writing;

5. access, interpret and use relevant primary and secondary sources of Criminal Law, with limited staff guidance, including Criminal law reports, and primary and secondary legislation;

6. identify sources for research and establish a strategy for research using standard and electronic research tools.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Presentation: Individual:: 10 minutes
002: 50% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 2.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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