Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3003B: Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to make you fully conversant with the main criminal law offences; aware of the complexity of definitional issues; aware of the major theoretical debates within the field of criminal law: and able to argue with confidence on relevant ethical and doctrinal issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the general concepts and principles governing the criminal law, their derivation and the various theories that encapsulate and attempt to systematise them
2. Possess detailed knowledge of the law governing the offences and defences covered on the module, including areas of growth or areas in need of reform.
3. Develop understanding of the importance of non-legal/contextual materials, including academic commentaries, and use them effectively to produce an academic argument.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of legal rules, concepts, values and principles, and be able to explain and discuss the relationships among them;
5. Identify and apply the relevant law to make an informed judgement about the merits and relevance of particular information and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments;
6. Communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, in a manner appropriate to the discipline;
Personal and Key Skills7. Take responsibility for own learning and manage time efficiently in preparing for learning activities, and to work independently within a limited time frame, to complete a specified task.
8. Identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of resources with minimal guidance;
9. Work effectively with, and meet obligations to, others.