Criminal Law 2

Module summary

Module code: LAW1203
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Carol Withey


Pre and co requisites

Criminal Law 1.


The course will build on Criminal Law one, and will require a study of selected specific offences and defences. The course aims to further develop the following skills, legal writing and problem solving, statutory interpretation, legal knowledge, and research skills. Students will develop reflective and analytical skills.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

• Demonstrate the further development of legal research skills;
• Demonstrate a deeper understanding and analysis of the general principles of criminal liability as applied to specific criminal offences and defences;
• Demonstrate the further development of statutory interpretation skills;
• Demonstrate enhanced problem solving skills in relation to more complex factual situations, including a greater level of reflection, analysis and appreciation of structure;
• Demonstrate essay writing skills as appropriate to a level 5 student;
• Demonstrate appropriate use of written English;
• Demonstrate the appropriate use of legal terminology.

Indicative content

Rape, theft, inchoate offences, robbery, burglary, fraud, insanity, automatism, intoxication, duress, necessity, self-defence.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work.


Coursework: 40% weighting. Pass mark 40.
2,000 words.
A problem question on one of the offences taught early in the course.

Formative assessment:
Weekly seminars consisting of 1 or more problem questions designed to consolidate knowledge gained in lectures. Some questions will also be short answers questions or essay plan submissions. Seminars focus on the law but also structure, especially of problem-based questions. An answer template is used each week to help students organise their answers. Seminars also help students to understand the general learning outcomes / benchmarks for law/ feedback and how to use it. Each week students receive suggested answers to supplement their seminar notes. This is with the exception of topics relating to the coursework – where students have to complete their own detailed notes in the relevant seminars.

Outcome assessed by summative assessment:
For assessment 1 the outcome for the student is a fundamental understanding of the relevant area of law. This is one of the criminal offences studied early in the course. The topic is decided nearer the start of the course as it may change due to changes in the law. In past years the question set has been on theft, burglary robbery or fraud, but this list is not exhaustive. Students must also demonstrate application of the relevant law to the question posed and research skills.

Examination: 60% weighting. Pass mark 40.
2 hours 15 minutes.
Unseen examination on topics not covered by the coursework. Students required to answer 2 questions out of 6.

Formative assessment:
Seminars cover all topics that relate to the examination.

Outcome assessed by summative assessment:
For assessment 2 the outcome is the student is able to demonstrate an understanding of areas of criminal law that did not feature in the coursework. Students must also apply the law to the facts of the questions. This includes a range of criminal law defences.