Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The module of Sexual Conduct: Criminal Law and Justice provides the opportunity to reflect upon significant social legal and policy developments concerning the definition of criminalisation of sexual conduct and behaviour. The module captures both up to date research and public policy concerning multiple aspects of the public debate on sexual conduct; whilst it also provides a historical appreciation of the criminalisation of sexual behaviour.
The module aims to provide the students the opportunity to address in depth the significant contemporary social, legal and policy developments in relation to the criminalisation of sexual conduct. Students will consider the social and legal debates surrounding the scope of sexual offences and also consider the findings and arguments arising from the relevant up to date socio-legal research.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Explain the key offences of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and evaluate the relationship to other statutory provisions.: 1Critically examine the application and significance of the concept of consent in the context of sexual offences.: 1,2Demonstrate advanced oral presentation skills in reflecting on the concept of consent.: 2Appraise the significance of public context in defining criminal liability concerning sexual conduct.: 1Identify, present and critique the critical stages of the criminal procedure concerning the prosecution, trial and conviction of sexual offenders.: 1Critically evaluate the role and contribution of custodial institutions in the control of sexual offences.: 1
12 sessions x 1.5 hours + 2 sessions x 1 hour = 20 hoursPreparation and study of the 12 sessions' topics 120 hours. Essay preparation and writing 160 hours.
1: Essay weighted 85%
Description of Module Assessment
EssayAnswering an essay question out of a choice of five essay questions. Word limit 4,000 words2: Oral Presentation weighted 15%
Recorded oral powerpoint presentationSubmitting a 5-minute recorded oral powerpoint supported presentation. The presentation will provide a theoretical and legal reflection upon an issue selected by the student relevant to the concept of consent.