Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3003: Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The syllabus will usually include the following topics in the order indicated, although there may be some variation from year to year:

Autumn Term:
Introduction to criminal law (definitions and sources)
Murder: actus reus, principles of causation.
Murder, mens rea
Specific defences to murder (provocation, diminished responsibility)
Involuntary manslaughter
Non-fatal offences against the person
Joint Participation in Crime
Spring Term:
Inchoate Offences
General Defences
Offences against property
Criminal Damage

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and Teaching activity4623 x 2 hour Lectures
Learning and Teaching activity9 6 x 1.5 hour Workshops
Guided Independent study120Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study35Workshop Preparation
Guided Independent study80Assessment Preparation
Guided Independent study10Formative Assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/