This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Peter Ramsay
This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
The course examines the 'general part' of criminal law and selected areas of the special part of criminal law in the context of theories of the aims and functions of criminalisation. The course will discuss the limits to criminalization; the conceptual framework of criminal liability (conduct, responsibility, capacity, defences); criminal law's construction and regulation of interests in property (with particular reference to the offences of theft and fraud); attempts; 'pre-inchoate' offences; regulatory offences (with special reference to drugs); homicide; sexual offences; non-fatal violence against the person; secondary participation in crime.
20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the MT and LT.
This will be set by the teacher in charge of the class. A minimum of two pieces of written work will be required, usually one essay and one problem.
A detailed reading list will be distributed at the start of the course (for the current list, see the public folders). A number of criminal law textbooks are available, and students will be expected to read the relevant parts of the most recent editions of one of these, e.g. Nicola Lacey, Oliver Quick & Celia Wells, Reconstructing Criminal Law; Andrew Ashworth and Jeremy Horder, Principles of Criminal Law; Jonathan Herring, Criminal Law: Text, Cases and Materials; M. Allen, Introduction to Criminal Law. They will also be expected to read all cases and materials marked as primary on the detailed reading lists provided.
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Total students 2017/18: 188
Average class size 2017/18: 11
Capped 2017/18: Yes (234)
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT & LT)
Value: One Unit
- Specialist skills