This module provides an introduction to the substantive criminal law, and to fundamental aspects of criminal law in its broader criminal justice and societal context. It will examine the use of criminal law, and its associated processes, as a mode of governing individual and social conduct. It will provide: a critical introduction to principles and practices of criminalisation; a critical introduction to the doctrinal 'building blocks' of criminal liability and responsibility, and the opportunity to apply these "building block" principles, as well as the contextual material, to selected case studies.
It also focuses on providing a foundation in the key LLB Programme and QA Law Benchmark skills learning outcomes of: 'developing an ability to produce a synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues, presentation of a reasoned choice between alternative solutions and critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments.'; and 'developing the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to offer evidenced conclusions, addressing complex actual or hypothetical problems.'