20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: LAW3007 up to 2014/15 old programmes. LAW135 and LAW208 from 2015/16 new programmes.

Aims/Description: This module explores the theoretical foundations of criminal law in England and Wales, attempting to situate criminal law in its political, philosophical, historical, and social contexts. Specific issues of criminal law theory, such as criminalisation, harm, responsibility, the rule of law, and minimum intervention are discussed, along with an introduction to the principles of criminal justice and the developing trends affecting these issues. Students will be encouraged to critically deconstruct these issues, and evaluate the distance between these theoretical principles and practice by applying these principles to current debates and tensions in the law, gaining a richer and more critical understanding of the law they have previously studied.

Staff Contact: HAYES DAVID J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: Course work

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