Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2006: Criminal Law and Theory: Part I Foundations

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stephen Skinner (Convenor)


LAW1003 Criminal Law



Available via distance learning


For you to obtain a deep and critical understanding of criminal law requires more than a knowledge of the substantive rules. Questions of history, philosophy and politics all demand attention if the rules themselves are to be effectively understood, analysed and even reformed. This module provides you with an introduction to some of the most exciting theoretical dimensions of, and perspectives on, the general foundations of criminal law. It focuses on selected issues in greater depth and detail than on the first year criminal law module, in relation to topics already covered and new topics, including selected aspects of comparative criminal law. It will require you to engage closely with the theoretical, historical and contextual dimensions of these topics but without forgetting their practical implications. You will need to have taken the first year Criminal Law module.

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