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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2060 Criminal Law

30 creditsClass Size: 284

Module manager: Lydia Bleasdale-Hill

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

Year running 2014/15

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- knowledge of key issues pertaining to the fundamental principles of criminal law;
- knowledge of the most significant criminal offences in English law;
- an ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of primary resources;
- an ability to engage in critical evaluation of the law and comment on proposals for reform;
- an ability to answer hypothetical legal questions involving criminal offences.


1. General Overview of criminal law
2. Actus reus, including omissions
3. Mens rea
4. Non fatal offences against the Person, including rape
5. Parties to criminal offences
6. Homicide (murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter)
7. Defences
8. Theft

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours247.00
Total Contact hours53.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

247 hours private study: seminar preparation, follow-up reading after lectures, preparation and production of a practice essay and revision time.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There is an optional problem question under examination conditions to be completed at the end of the first semester. This is returned with feedback at the beginning of semester 2.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)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: 16/04/2015


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