What makes a person “guilty”? How are punishments decided? What is the difference between murder and manslaughter? These are just some of the major questions relating to the study of criminal law that we will attempt to answer throughout this course.
Criminal law is arguably the most well-known area in the study of law – it is certainly the most macabre! It deals with the punishment of crime by the state, the process by which transgressors are tried, judged, and punished according to the law. If you are interested in studying law at university, then this course will give you the chance to explore one of the most important branches of law that you would study as part of a university course.
Encompassing such offences as murder, manslaughter, rape, and grievous bodily harm, this course will introduce you to the main criminal acts that violate the law of England and Wales alongside the key features of a criminal offence. Through a discussion of both legislation and case law, this criminal law course will guide you through the evolution of criminal law in this country and the fundamental principles that underpin it.
This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying law at university or law school, particularly those applying to study law in the UK. It provides an insight into one of the most exciting areas of law – Criminal Law – as well as providing applications and career advice for law applications in general, along with a wide range of additional resources.
Aims and Objectives
- To gain a more in-depth look at one of the most important fields of law
- To understand the elements that make up a criminal offence
- To understand the complexities of various individual offences
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Discuss the difficulties in charging someone with such offences as rape, murder, or manslaughter
- Understand the difference between the mens rea and actus reus - the components of an offence