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Criminal Law

Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Mark Gorman
Course code LAW23A5123A
Fee £186
Concessionary fee £148 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

50-51 Park Place
CF10 3AT

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This course examines aspects of the Criminal Law, including murder, manslaughter, assault, theft, robbery, burglary, and criminal damages.

You will consider legal problems and apply relevant law to given situations.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding through reading information on current debates/reforms as guided by the course tutor.

Learning and teaching

The course is taught through a mix of lectures and small group sessions.

On successful completion of the module a student will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • identify the area of Criminal Law that is relevant to a given problem
  • state the relevant law applicable
  • cite statutory or case authority for the propositions of law that have been identified as being relevant to the given problem
  • explain the application of the law to the given facts
  • point out any uncertainties in the law as it applies to the given facts
  • conclude the most likely outcome when applying the law to a given set of facts

Coursework and assessment

The module will be assessed by a written assessment.

Reading suggestions

Current editions of:

  • G. Scanlan, Criminal Law (Butterworth)
  • P.R. Glazebrook, Statutes of Criminal Law (Blackstone)
  • M. Giles, Criminal Law in a Nutshell (Sweet and Maxwell)

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.