Module title: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW10107
Module leader: Ken Dale-Risk
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

LAW07103 Criminal Law

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ken Dale-Risk
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching methods
LO 1-5
This module will be taught partly by way of participation in seminars designed to allow students to understand and analyse the main principles underlying criminal law. Students will be require to undertake directed reading in order to be able to participate fully. In addition, tutorials will allow for particular topics to be analysed in greater depth. Students will be required to give an oral presentation in groups on a particular topic to encourage independent learning and also encouraging work in a team setting.. The presentation will be assessed, providing students with formative and summative feedback.

Embedding of Employability/PDP/Scholarship
Students will be required to undertake independent research and reading for seminars and presentations using online and library resources. Both written and oral communication skills will be assessed in a coursework essay of 2000 words and an examination.

Each student will be required to give a group presentation on a relevant topic (formative and summative). The presentations will last for 15 minutes, allowing students to demonstrate their learning on a particular topic.
There will be one unseen exam in weeks 14/15 (summative assessment). The exam will require students to answer two questions in two hours from a choice of eight topics. This will require a broad revision to be undertaken in order for students to be adequately prepared for the exam.

Research and teaching linkages
In the preparation for seminars and presentations, students will be encouraged to investigate and research information on criminal law contained in relevant jounals, textbooks and online resources.
The module lecturers will also use their own relevant research in criminal law in learning and teaching activities. Feedback on assessments will further enhance the students' research skills.

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Face To Face Lecture 12
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25.00 1-5 5 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Essay 25.00 1-5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50.00 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 2.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The scope and function of criminal law, including common law and statutory offences. Homicide crimes, the factors which distinguish murder from culpable homicide and defences to homicide. Sexual offences, including consideration of recent statutory developments. Obscenity and public order offences including breach of the peace. The requirement for proof of causation in certain crimes. The impact of human rights on criminal law; aspects of fairness and consent as they relate to culpability for certain crimes.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop a systematic and critical knowledge of various aspects of criminal law enabling the current law to be analysed and criticised.
LO2: Critically analyse current legal problems in criminal law and appreciate future developments in the law.
LO3: Analyse a line of legal reasoning to provide solutions to a range of practical problems relating to criminal law.
LO4: Evaluate and gather systematically up-to-date and relevant material from a variety of sources including effective use of IT and other information retrieval systems.
LO5: Conduct independent research with minimal supervision using a variety of legal sources.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - HERRING (2015) CRIMINAL LAW: PALGRAVE, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9781137475916
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