Module Title:Criminal Law
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 15
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of Irish criminal law through a series of lectures, tutorials, group discussions and research.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify the purpose of the criminal law and explain how and why criminal wrongs can be distinguished from non-criminal wrongs.
LO2 Describe the difference between the actus reus and mens rea of a crime and discuss the various constituent elements of both.
LO3 Demonstrate understanding of the various degrees of criminal liability.
LO4 Recognise the main offences in Irish criminal law and demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the key elements of each.
LO5 Identify the various defences which may be available to a defendant in a criminal case and demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the key elements of each.
LO6 Analyse the law and employ knowledge and understanding in solving relevant problems.
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Criminal Law (4%)
• Origins and Purpose of Criminal Law • Distinction between Criminal and Civil matters • Classification of Crime
The Elements of Crime (20%)
• Actus Reus (including Causation) • Categories of Mens Rea • Crimes of Strict Liability • Liability of Participants
Fatal Offences Against the Person (8%)
• Murder • Manslaughter
Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person (9%)
• The Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 o Assault o Assault Causing Harm o Causing Serious Harm o False Imprisonment o Other Offences
Sexual Offences (9%)
• Rape • Sexual Assault • Sexual Acts with Children U-17
Offences Against Property (15%)
• The Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001. o Theft o Robbery o Burglary (including Aggravated Burglary) o Handling and Possession of Stolen Property o Forgery o Other Deception Offences • The Criminal Damage Act 1991 o Criminal Damage and Arson
Defences (35%)
Defences Specific to Murder o Provocation o Excessive Use of Fatal Force o Diminished Responsibility Other Defences o Insanity o Automatism o Intoxication o Lawful Use of Force o Duress o Necessity o Mistake o Infancy o Consent
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Case Note This will be assigned to students in pairs within the first six weeks and will require them to read a specified case and work together to prepare a concise but informative case note. 1,2,3,6 10.00 n/a
Other In-Class Assessment This assessment will objectively assess each student’s knowledge of the fundamental elements of criminal liability and main offences. 1,2,3,4,6 10.00 n/a
Other Hypothetical Problem/Essay Students will be assigned either a hypothetical problem scenario or essay early in Term 2. They will be required to research the issues involved, in accordance with clearly defined instructions and present their findings and proposals. 2,3,4,5,6 20.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.50
Tutorial 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 7.00
Total Hours 300.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLEG_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 2 Mandatory
CW_HHLAW_B Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 1 Mandatory