LAW-40084 - Sexual conduct: Criminal Law and Justice
Coordinator: Sotirios Santatzoglou Tel: +44 1782 7 34216
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

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.: 1
Critically examine the application and significance of the concept of consent in the context of sexual offences.: 1,2
Demonstrate advanced oral presentation skills in reflecting on the concept of consent.: 2
Appraise the significance of public context in defining criminal liability concerning sexual conduct.: 1
Identify, present and critique the critical stages of the criminal procedure concerning the prosecution, trial and conviction of sexual offenders.: 1
Critically evaluate the role and contribution of custodial institutions in the control of sexual offences.: 1

Study hours

12 sessions x 1.5 hours + 2 sessions x 1 hour = 20 hours
Preparation and study of the 12 sessions' topics 120 hours.
Essay preparation and writing 160 hours.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 85%
Answering an essay question out of a choice of five essay questions. Word limit 4,000 words

2: Oral Presentation weighted 15%
Recorded oral powerpoint presentation
Submitting 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.