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Module Title
Criminal Law (Online LLB)

Principles of liability, defences, specific offences

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2008
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedApril 2010
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 8 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with an ability to identify core concepts of liability and critique specific offences in Scots criminal law.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Identify key elements of liability and applicable defences.
2. Appraise substantive crimes and discuss the relationship between them and the key elements above.
3. Identify and solve problems in respect of specific offences.

Indicative Module Content

Actus reus and mens rea of crimes; art and part, and inchoate liability; defences; murder and assault; rape and other sexual offences; breach of the peace and drugs; theft and fraud; Human Rights Act 1998 implications.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Distance Learning
Online activities

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning. In the distance learning mode, in addition, online activities will form part of the module contact time.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1
Component 2 2,3
Component 3 1,2,3

Component 2 - Written coursework worth 70% of the overall module grade.

Component 3 - Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate (refer further - Module Performance Descriptor) to a reasonable level in online forum and tutorial activities.

Component 1 - Written coursework worth 30% of the overall module grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.CHRISTIE, S., 2009. An introduction to Scots criminal law. 2nd ed. Dundee: Dundee University Press.
2.CUBIE, A.M., 2016. Scots criminal law. 4th ed. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional.
3.FERGUSON, P.R and MCDIARMID, C., 2015. Scots criminal law: a critical analysis. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
4.JONES, T. and TAGGART, I., 2015. Criminal law. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Thomson/W. Green.

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