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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1040C: Criminal Law 1: Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 7
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Caroline Keenan (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


This module is designed as a practical introduction to law and to the field of criminal law in particular, 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 considerations 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.


This module is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board and it is therefore compulsory for all who wish to progress onto the vocational stage of training to become a barrister. Students interested in becoming solicitors under the Solicitors Qualifying Examination route should also take this module.

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