Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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 understanding of a key area of law.
To introduce students to the role of criminal law in modern societyTo locate criminal law within its social and political contextTo develop students' skills in analysing problems and critically evaluating the criminal lawTo develop students' skills in reviewing theoretical issues surrounding the criminal law
Intended Learning Outcomes
demonstrate an ability to access, to review and to critically appraise basic concepts in criminal law through cases and statutes;: 1demonstrate an ability to answer problem questions in criminal law by appropriate use of relevant legal materials;: 1demonstrate the development of a critical appreciation of the criminal law in its theoretical, social and political context.: 1
Lectures: 20 hours (which includes a revision lecture of two hours)Seminars: 8 hoursExamination: 2 hoursSeminar Preparation 50 hoursExam Preparation 50 hoursPrivate Study 20 hours
1: Mixed Exam weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
2 hour exam, 1 unseen and 1 seen questionOne unseen problem question and one seen essay question.