Criminal Law (V&E)

Module code: M3007VE
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module encompasses the elements of a crime; actus reus and mens rea; negligence and strict liability and the criminal liability of corporations and children. It explores some of the specific offences from the following list: homicide; non-fatal offences against the person; sexual offences; theft and other property offences and inchoate offences. This module places the law within the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998. Some aspects of criminal law theory such as theories of punishment and why conduct should be criminalised are covered.

Module learning outcomes

  • Be able to present a written argument using appropriate legal terminology
  • Be able to apply the existing law to factual situations by the development of problem-solving skills
  • Be able to explain, in selected areas studied in depth, the relationship between the substantive rules of criminal law and policy
  • Be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the following: a. the principles of criminal liability, b. illustrative specific offences