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Undergraduate Course: Criminal Law (LAWS10133)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course covers issues relating to the scope and function of criminal law in society, for example: the structure of offences and defences, including mens rea issues; theories of criminalisation; contemporary debates on the criminalisation of particular behaviours such as terrorism, anti-social behaviour, sex offences; and other selected topics.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Criminal Law Ordinary (LAWS08102)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Criminal Law A: Harm, Offence and Criminalisation (LAWS10123) AND Criminal Law B: Doctrine and Theory (LAWS10122)
Other requirements Students may not enrol on this course where they have previously taken Criminal Law A: Harm, Offence and Criminalisation (LAWS10123) and/or Criminal Law B: Doctrine and Theory (LAWS10122)
Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.

**Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**
Priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Law department, and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional spaces for general exchange students & independent study abroad students to enrol; we will look into this on a case-by-case basis in September/January. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space.

These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students will have developed a socially contextualised as well as a theoretically rich understanding of the central concepts and principles of the criminal law. Students will be able to engage with contemporary questions of the theory and practice of criminal law, as well as processes of criminalisation and reform.
Students will be able to analyse the social and moral aims, and the proper parameters of the criminal law in both Scotland and, where relevant, other jurisdictions.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Andrew Cornford
Tel: (0131 6)51 4085
Course secretaryMr Ryan McGuire
Tel: (0131 6)50 2386
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