LAW-30100 - Advanced Criminal Law
Coordinator: Laura Higson-Bliss
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials) LAW-20064 (Criminal Law)

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

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.: 1
Critically evaluate the acceptable parameters of criminal laws against the operation of threshold concepts and theoretical themes, such as harm and morality.: 1
Critically analyse a wider range of academic literature than encountered in core criminal law, including concepts of responsibility, risk, gender related areas and morality.: 1

Study hours

12 x 2 hour interactive lectures: 24 hours
Independent study hours: 70 hours
Online recorded material: 6 hours
Assessment preparation, including essay plan: 50 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 100%
Assignment 3000
Students will be required to submit an assignment with a maximum word limit of 3000.