Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1003: Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Jenny McEwan (Convenor)

Dr Stephen Skinner (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, conspiracy, self-defence and theft: these are just some of the shocking, dramatic and fascinating issues of criminal law that confront you in the news on an almost daily basis. These offences and the rules that define and seek to control them are fundamental to the organisation of our society and reflect key social values and priorities. This module will give you the opportunity to learn about the major offences and defences in the criminal law of England and Wales, and to reflect on the moral, policy and contextual issues which underpin and limit criminal law concepts.

This module is available to interdisciplinary pathways and Flexible Combined Honours students. It is suitable as both a part of the Qualifying Law Degree and also non-specialist programmes.

Module created

1st October 2001

Last revised

17th February 2012