Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3187: Criminal Law, History and Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stephen Skinner (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


A deep and critical understanding of criminal law requires more than a knowledge of the substantive rules. Questions of history, theory, philosophy and politics, as well as aspects of comparative law, all demand attention if the nature and operation of criminal law are to be effectively understood, analysed and even reformed. This module provides you with an introduction to some of the most exciting historical, theoretical and comparative 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 some topics already covered and new topics. It will require you to engage closely with the historical, theoretical, contextual and comparative dimensions of the issues addressed but without forgetting their practical implications. 

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