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LAW5002 Criminal Law for BA Politics Students


Introduction: the scope and character of the criminal law and its objectives; Deconstructing a typical crime – Criminal Damage; The General Principles of Criminal Responsibility: Criminal conduct - the actus reus; principles of causation; crimes of omission; Criminal fault - the mens rea; General defences; capacity and incapacity; insanity and diminished responsibility, intoxication, duress, necessity, self defence.

Particular Crimes: Offences against the person: homicide; wounding and assaults, including assaults aggravated by hatred, sexual offences; Offences against property: theft and fraud.

Preliminary or inchoate offences: Conspiracy; Attempt.




75 per cent exam

25 per cent preparation of case notes

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