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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1003C: Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 4
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Caroline Keenan (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module is designed to be an enjoyable practical introduction to law, enabling you to understand key legal concepts and their application to real life situations. The syllabus is structured around the questions of what ‘crime’ is and when criminal law can and should be used. These tap into much bigger questions about what is just and fair and what role we think criminal law and the criminal justice system does, can and should play in society.

It gives space and opportunity to practice and use criminal law; to specialize within the subject; and to understand the laws of England within a comparative legal context. By the end of the module you should be able to approach questions of criminality from your understanding of the principles of criminal law and your experience of applying those principles to an area of specialism within Criminal law, in this case Corporate Criminal Liability. During this module you will learn how to learn how to apply the criminal law to real-life case scenarios and create your own small research project on corporate criminal responsibility.

This module is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, and it is therefore compulsory for all who wish to progress onto the Vocational Stage of Training to become a Solicitor or Barrister.

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