LAW-20028 - Criminal Law I
Coordinator: Sotirios Santatzoglou Tel: +44 1782 7 34216
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Criminal law has a critical and high profile role in modern society. This module addresses basic questions regarding its scope and the conditions under which it is appropriate to impose criminal liability. Should a person who carelessly sets fire to a building be guilty of arson? Should a person who kills following years of domestic abuse or whilst extremely drunk be guilty of murder or manslaughter? To what extent should people be permitted to use force in defence of themselves or property? The principles governing the courts' approach to questions such as these are contested and shaped by a range of political, social and theoretical considerations. This module explores these issues in order to provide a critical analysis of a key area of law.

To introduce students to the role of criminal law in modern society
To locate criminal law within its social and political context
To develop students' skills in analysing problems and critically evaluating the criminal law
To develop students' skills in reviewing theoretical issues surrounding the criminal law

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate an ability to access, to review and to critically appraise basic concepts in criminal law through cases and statutes;: 1
demonstrate an ability to answer problem questions in criminal law by appropriate use of relevant legal materials;: 1
demonstrate the development of a critical appreciation of the criminal law in its theoretical, social and political context.: 1

Study hours

Lectures: 20 hours (which includes a revision lecture of two hours)
Seminars: 8 hours
Examination: 2 hours
Seminar Preparation 50 hours
Exam Preparation 50 hours
Private Study 20 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Mixed Exam weighted 100%
2 hour exam, 1 unseen and 1 seen question
One unseen problem question and one seen essay question.