Module code: LAW2077

Module Overview

This module builds upon the principles of criminal liability outlined in Criminal Law I by exploring a selection of substantive criminal offences and any relevant defences. It develops a holistic view of criminal liability and seeks to fulfil the requirements of a Qualifying Law Degree with regard to criminal law.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

FINCH Emily (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: M211

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Criminal Law I

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Voluntary manslaughter: partial defences of loss of control and diminished responsibility.

  • Involuntary manslaughter

  • Non-fatal offences against the person

  • Rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault

  • Age-related sexual offences

  • Property offences: theft, burglary, robbery, fraud and making off without payment

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500-word problem question 40
Coursework Presentation 40
Coursework Multiple-choice questions 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate that they have an in-depth understanding of key principles of criminal law and are able to evaluate these from a theoretical perspective as well as appreciating the policy implications of the various rules of criminal law. Students will show their ability to apply the law to a series of factual situations and understand the implications of this application.

The assessment addresses all learning outcomes listed above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a 1500-word piece of coursework, a group presentation and online MCQs



Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback will be given on group activities in tutorials and their will be opportunities to submit written work throughout the module and receive written feedback. Practice MCQs will be available.

Module aims

  • Examine specific criminal offences, identify their elements and explore their definitions in depth.
  • Outline relevant statutory provisions and case law.
  • Encourage a methodical and legalistic evaluation of criminal liability.
  • Identify problems with the existing law, analyse them and to critically evaluate proposals for reform.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Critically analyse of the principles and policies of the areas of criminal law covered KC
003 Identify, apply and analyse relevant statutory provisions and case law KCPT
004 Engage in critical assessment of the effectiveness of the current law and identify and evaluate proposals for reform CT
005 Carry out independent research and demonstrate core legal skills in research, writing, evaluation, analysis and synthesis PT
001 To provide students with an opportunity to develop group working skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 8

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy follows an enquiry-based learning approach.

Lectures will introduce the topics, give a general overview of the principles of each topic, give guidance on how to analyse the law and research those topics and in some instances give specific examples of the law and its effect. 

The lectures will not give a full description of, or appreciation of, the law. In order to learn in greater depth and breadth, such as to satisfy the learning outcomes, students will answer questions of some complexity in the 2-hour seminars, either resolving legal problems or performing a critical analysis of the law. Typically the seminar groups will each contain 16 students, who will work in small groups to research the law and present answers, demonstrating self-direction and originality, of both approach and resolution. Students should be prepared to field questions during their presentations, either from their tutor or from fellow students, and to follow up the presentations with group discussion and feedback. Presentations may be required in any form, including advocacy for a specific party in a problem question, argument for or against a specific proposition or client interviewing.

The learning and teaching methods would typically comprise:

  • 11 x 2-hour substantive subject-specific lectures

  • Formative feedback on group activities plus a written formative opportunity

  • 8 x 2 hour seminars, as described above

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CRIMINAL LAW II :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.