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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW1260 Criminal Law

30 creditsClass Size: 368

Module manager: Cristina Saenz Perez and Lydia Bleasdale

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW1141Introduction to Criminal Law
LAW2065Criminal Law
LAW2066Criminal Law

Module replaces

LAW2060 Criminal Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This compulsory module will introduce students to core criminal law concepts and to the criminal justice system within which the criminal law is applied.


This module will provide students with the opportunity to learn about key criminal law principles, cases and legislation, and to recognise the different political and cultural contexts in which criminal law operates at national and international level.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- recognise, identify and state legal concepts, values, principles and rules of criminal law;
- apply appropriate terminology and legal reasoning to produce a coherent legal account of an issue of limited complexity relating to criminal law;
- interpret criminal law information and data to provide a basic insight into the operation of the criminal law and system and their relationship to relevant social, cultural and political contexts;
- recognise the different political and cultural contexts in which criminal law operates at national and international levels.


Foundations of liability
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Criminal Law and power
General defences
Consent and criminal law (including non-fatal offences)
Assessment advice

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning151.0015.00
Private study hours252.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 60 x 15 minute tasks overall.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 2,000 word report100.00
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: 21/09/2022


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