Criminal Law

Module code: M3007
Level 5
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Essay

This module encompasses the elements of a crime; actus reus and mens rea; negligence and strict liability; the criminal liability of corporations and children; defences; accomplices; homicide; non-fatal offences against the person; sexual offences; theft and other property offences and inchoate offences.

It places the law within the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998. Some aspects of criminal law theory such as theories of punishment, why conduct should be criminalised, and issues of procedure and evidence that are relevant to the substantive law 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, policy, policing, the trial process and sentencing.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following: a. the principles of criminal liability, b. the offences listed in the syllabus.