Criminal Law is a compulsory first year course that counts for 8 credits and is taught in the second semester. This year the course is being taught sectionally by three lecturers and there will be some variation in terms of coverage and emphasis between the three groups. Students are not permitted to switch groups and all assessment will be unique to each group.
This course covers the general principles and concepts relating to the elements of a crime (actus reus, mens rea) through a study of the homicide offences. Inchoate offences (attempts, conspiracy) and complicity (common intention, common object, gang robbery, arms offences) will also be considered. The defences examined include provocation, private defence, sudden fight, unsoundness of mind, diminished responsibility, intoxication, duress, necessity and mistake.