production
Skip to Content

LS4035: CRIMINAL LAW (HONOURS) (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

The course builds upon the basic understanding of criminal law acquired in LS1020 although it is very important to understand that the topics are approached from a much more theoretical perspective. The course examines in detail selected principles of criminal liability, including the role and limits of the criminal law, the defence of mental disorder, murder, rape, provocation and the limits of excusability. Comparative material from a variety of jurisdictions is included. There are six 2hour seminars, partly run in debate format. The assessment consists in an essay (33%) and an exam (67%).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elizabeth Shaw

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • LS1020 Criminal Law (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims:
  • To introduce candidates to issues of importance and current interest in the modern criminal law.
  • To analyse those issues in terms of Scots law and also in terms of selected foreign systems of law.
  • To encourage personal research into a particular issue of current concern.
  • To encourage critical discussion of aspects of the present criminal law of Scotland. Main Learning Outcomes:
  • To develop awareness of the literature (both primary and secondary) relevant to criminal law studies and to develop an understanding in depth of the particular issues studied.
  • To critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of Scots criminal law.
  • To develop an understanding of the variety of available solutions to problem areas within the criminal law. Knowledge and Understanding The course provides students with the opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding of academic debates concerning legal and ethical problems that arise in the following areas: the role and function of the criminal law, the defence of mental disorder, the definition of murder, the definition of rape, the provocation defence, involuntary intoxication and the defences of necessity, coercion and superior orders. Subject Specific Skills and Concepts
  • To produce coursework which is fully referenced, using correct legal citations;
  • To analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate legal materials from a variety of sources;
  • To conduct effective legal research, retrieving a range of up-to-date legal materials in electronic and non-electronic formats;
  • Ability to express informed opinion, orally and in writing, on issues of criminal law. Key Skills (Transferable)
  • Ability to conduct further personal research with a fair degree of confidence;
  • Ability to communicate, in writing, the results of personal research;
  • Ability to argue logically and support arguments with evidence;
  • Ability to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, when conducting research projects;
  • Ability to work effectively in small groups;
  • To develop time management skills. Content: The course builds upon the basic understanding of criminal law acquired in LS1009/LS1020, but approaches the topics from a much more theoretical perspective. It examines in detail selected principles of criminal liability, including the role and limits of the criminal law, the defence of mental disorder, murder, rape, provocation and the limits of excusability. Comparative material from a variety of jurisdictions is included.
  • Further Information & Notes

    This course is also available to candidates for the MA in Legal Studies as a 30 credit point course (LX 4035). This variation of the course will require an assessed essay of 3,500 words (being an additional 500 words).

    Contact Teaching Time

    Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

    Teaching Breakdown

    None.

    More Information about Week Numbers


    Summative Assessments

    1st Attempt: 1 two-hour exam (67%), and 1 essay (33%). Resit: Normally, no resit is available.

    Formative Assessment

    There are no assessments for this course.

    Feedback

    Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

    Course Learning Outcomes

    None.

    Compatibility Mode

    We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.