Course Code : LAW 207 & LAW 208
Course Title : Criminal Law I & Criminal Law II
Weekly Teaching Hour: 3-hour lecture per week, 1 (1-hour) tutorial every week
Who may enrol : No restrictions compulsory for Year 1 (Freshman) LLB. Students
Prerequisites : N/A
Lecturer : To be announced on August 2020
Description : This course is concerned with the substantive criminal law of England and Wales
This course aims both, to introduce to the criminal law of England & Wales, and to help you develop the legal, analytical, and argumentation skills that will form the foundation of your university education (whether legal or otherwise).
You will need to be willing to read a lot of case law carefully and analytically, and make fine distinctions between different factual scenarios in order to do well in the course.
However, since the assessment is open book, this course will not be a test of your memory. If you engage with the course critically and carefully, you will find this course very enjoyable.
The course will (broadly described) cover the following subjects:
Introduction to the Criminal Law: Limited introduction to the structure of the criminal law and the actus reus and mens rea, as well as the courts’ role in developing the law.
Some more basic concepts: Acts and omissions, causation, and recklessness, considered in the context of assault, battery, actual bodily harm
Non-fatal offences against the person: Actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, consent
Involuntary manslaughter , Murder and intention, Theft, Complicity, Defences.
Recommended Textbook (s) and Supplementary Books :
- Criminal Law (5e), by Tony Storey (Author), Alan Lidbury (Author), Willan Publishing, ISBN-10: 1843926962, ISBN-13: 978-1843926962
- Criminal Law Text, Cases, and Materials – Text, Cases, and Materials Eighth edition,by Jonathan Herring (author), Oxford University Press, ISBN:9780198811817
- Criminal Law 15th Edition, Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod, OUP Oxford, ISBN: 0198807090, ASIN: B07DVJW3FZ
- Reading lists and other materials will be provided for students registered on the course via online by lecturer.
Class Participation 10%,
Mid-term Examination 30%, 1 mid-sessional exam
Assignments 10%, 2 x formative essays
Final Examination 50%, 3-hour open book written examination
Attendance 95 % compulsory.