LAW-20029 - Criminal Law II
Coordinator: Lisa M Mason Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
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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 some important and highly contested areas of this area of law including the scope of criminal liability for non-fatal violence, sexual offences, the law of property offences and the inchoate offence of attempts. Each area presents difficult questions for the criminal law and society generally: Why is it so difficult to secure convictions for rape? Why has the common law generally reshaped property offences as offences of dishonesty? At what point should the law impose liability for an attempt? The principles governing judicial approaches to questions such as these are 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 enhance students' understanding of 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& understanding of 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 understand and to critically appraise basic and more advanced concepts in criminal law through cases and statutes; will be achieved by assessments: 1
demonstrate advanced problem solving skills in criminal law; will be achieved by assessments: 1
demonstrate the development of a critical appreciation of the criminal law in its theoretical, social and political context. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

Lectures (20) hours
Seminars (8) hours
Exam (2) hours
Seminar Preparation (50) hours
Exam Preparation (50) hours
Private Study (20) hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Unseen Exam weighted 100%
2 hour exam
2 hour exam: 1 problem question and 1 essay question