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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW1140 Principles of Criminal Law

10 creditsClass Size: 103

Module manager: Lydia Bleasdale-Hill

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

- What do we mean when we say that X has been convicted of a criminal offence such as rape or murder? - What are the ingredients of such offences which must be established before a conviction is possible? This course is designed to provide an introduction to the operation of criminal law in the courts.- This module is taught by weekly seminars in semester 2. - Assessment is by one 3,000 word essay.


On completion of this course students will be able to:
(a) articulate the basic principles of criminal liability;
(b) use their knowledge of criminal law to analyse practical situations and to identify the offences which may have been committed on a given set of facts.


1. Introduction and assessment advice for the formative assessment
2. Actus reus
3. Mens rea
4. Rape
5. Non-fatal offences (Offences Against the Person Act 1861)
6. Murder and involuntary manslaughter
7. Defences
8. Assessment advice

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours88.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through their attendance and performance in seminars.

In order to ensure students are given the best possible chance to do well in their summative assessment, the module leader will:
- continue to dedicate a one 1.5 hour session to essay writing guidance;
- set a formative essay;
- provide students with ‘model’ essays from a previous year, which do not overlap with any of their own essay titles.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/05/2014


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