Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials) LAW-20064 (Criminal Law)
Advanced Criminal Law draws on and expands your substantive and theoretical knowledge gained from study of core Criminal Law. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the law and theory in interesting and topical areas of study typically outside undergraduate criminal law courses, e.g. the criminalisation of drugs. As such, the module will suit those who wish to develop a deeper and critical understanding of contemporary criminal law policy, practice and issues. By being able to examine the field of the subject more widely, it will also be of great benefit to those who wish to practice in the field of criminal law in future.
The overall aim of this optional third year module is to critically extend students understanding of the criminal law, both in its doctrinal capacity and in view of a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches that challenge orthodox understanding of the law, policy and practice. Teaching will be research-led through interactive lectures, will build on the knowledge gained in core criminal law, and will enable students to critically analyse key concepts and extend their knowledge of substantive topics and theoretical underpinnings.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Explain the interaction between societal norms and criminal liability.: 1Critically evaluate the acceptable parameters of criminal laws against the operation of threshold concepts and theoretical themes, such as harm and morality.: 1Critically analyse a wider range of academic literature than encountered in core criminal law, including concepts of responsibility, risk, gender related areas and morality.: 1
12 x 2 hour interactive lectures: 24 hoursIndependent study hours: 70 hours Online recorded material: 6 hours Assessment preparation, including essay plan: 50 hours
1: Assignment weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
Assignment 3000Students will be required to submit an assignment with a maximum word limit of 3000.