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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1003C: Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


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 four questions:  What is crime?  Who are the criminals? What is guilt? What is punishment? All of them 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. During this module you will learn how to create your own small research project on corporate criminal responsibility, attend masterclasses given by practicing criminal lawyers and learn how to give a legal opinion on real-life case scenarios.

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. The module is one of the choice of core modules for Flexible Combined Honours students on the Law Pathway and is also available to any first year student on the University of Exeter Cornwall Campuses under modularisation rules (subject to student numbers and timetabling).

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