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Aims/Description: The Law of Crime is a foundational module for professional purposes. It is concerned with the principles which govern the circumstances in which a person can be found guilty of a criminal act or omission. In doing this, the module provides an analysis of some of the most important criminal offences. It also considers when a person can escape liability by pleading defences, among others, insanity, diminished responsibility and intoxication. The module aims to comply with the pedagogic aims of the Masters degree and to inculcate an appreciation of the general principles of and a selection of offences in criminal law.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

Notes: The unit must be studied by MA students wishing to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree to satisfy the requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

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