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School of Law

LAW4002 Criminal Law

Module Description

Introduction: the scope and character of the criminal law and its objectives; Deconstructing a typical crime – Criminal Damage; The General Principles of Criminal Responsibility; Criminal conduct - the actus reus; principles of causation; crimes of omission; Criminal fault - the mens rea; General defences; capacity and incapacity; insanity and diminished responsibility, intoxication, duress, necessity, self defence; Particular Crimes; Offences against the person: homicide; wounding and assaults, including assaults aggravated by hatred, sexual offences; Offences against property: theft and fraud; Preliminary or inchoate offences; Conspiracy; Attempt; Assisting and encouraging crime; 6. Participation in crime.




10% Multiple choice questionnaire
15% essay
75% exam