Module Title:Criminal Law 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with a solid knowledge and understanding of selected criminal offences and defences.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Recognise a range of non-fatal, property and deception offences in Irish criminal law and demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the key elements of each.
LO2 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.
LO3 Analyse the law and employ knowledge and understanding in solving relevant problems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person
Threats to kill; Coercion; Harassment (including harmful communications offences); Poisoning; Endangerment; False Imprisonment
Sexual Offences
Rape • Sexual Assault • Sexual Acts with Children • Other offences of sexual exploitation
Property and Deception Offences
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• Cybercrime and hacking activities - Criminal Justice (Offences Relating to Information Systems) Act 2017
Insanity o Automatism o Intoxication o Lawful Use of Force o Duress o Necessity o Mistake o Infancy o Consent o Entrapment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination In-class assessment comprising a series of short questions and structured problem scenarios. 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
Project Students will be assigned either a hypothetical problem scenario or essay in second half of semester. They will be required to research the issues involved, in accordance with clearly defined instructions and present their findings and proposals. 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00
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_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 4 Mandatory
CW_HHLAW_B Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 2 Mandatory