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This module analyses the fundamental concepts and policies which underlie the Criminal Law, and the principles and procedures that shape it. The definition of a crime and its various classifications will be examined, as well as the construction of criminal liability. There will be a strong focus on research, case analysis and problem-solving. Critical topics include: nature of crime; elements of crime; forms of criminal liability; non-fatal offences against the person; sexual offences; homicide; defences; and property offences.
Any aspect of this module may be changed in any given academic year, subject to the discretion of the module lecturer.
LW271 should not be taken by Criminology students who have previously successfully completed LW157.