Advanced Criminal Law

Module summary

Module code: LAW1243
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Carol Withey


Pre and co requisites

Criminal law.


The course will build on Criminal Law and will focus on forms of criminal liability and a range of topical specialist offences that are not usually studied on the core undergraduate Criminal Law Course. The course will develop research skills, critical analysis of real life issues and cases involving the Criminal Law, and essay writing skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Demonstrate advanced legal research skills.

2 Demonstrate advanced essay writing skills.

3 Demonstrate the ability to review, examine and reflect upon a range of criminal offences, some criminal defences and various forms of criminal liability.

4 Where appropriate, demonstrate an understanding of the offences and defences studied in their social and political context.

5 Where appropriate, demonstrate an awareness of the topics studied in their practical context.

Indicative content

A selection from the following non-exhaustive list: Possession of Offensive Weapons; Poisoning; Harassment; Stalking and related offences; Domestic Violence; Coercive Control; Female Genital Mutilation; Cyber Bullying and Malicious Publications, including Revenge Porn and Extreme Pornography; Sexual Offences, including, Sexual Assault, Assault by Penetration, Grooming, and Offences Against Children; Hate Crimes, including Racially Aggravated Offences and Inciting Hatred; Public Order Offences; Homicide Offences,Theft related offences, including Blackmail and Handling Stolen Goods, Fraud related Offences, including Obtaining Services Dishonesty and Making off Without Payment.; Cyber Dependent Crimes, including Computer Misuse and Hacking; Offences involving Drugs; Criminal Damage and Arson; Road Traffic Offences; Terrorism Offences; Forms of Liability, including Corporate Liability and Joint Enterprise.

Teaching and learning activity

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


Method of Summative Assessment: Essay on a topic from Term 1.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3&4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 40%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 3000 words.
Outline Details: Essay involving research element.

Method of Summative Assessment: Exam.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4&5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 60%
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: n/a.
Outline Details: 3 hour exam, 3 out of a choice of 8 questions.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning
Seminars on each topic with suggested bullet point answers for self-reflection and marking