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Criminal Law (Module)

Module description

We study not only what the criminal law is, but what it ought to be. We will look at the General Part of the Criminal and a number of offences found in the special part of the criminal law. We will also consider the harm and offence principles to determine what ought to be a crime and other selected topics.

Module content

  • The general nature of criminal law
  • The various actus reus and mens rea requirements
  • The principal offences against the person
  • The principal property offences
  • The inchoate offences
  • The liability of accomplices
  • The defences

In addition formative coursework are set during the academic and midsessional exam takes places in January. These are for practice purposes and do not count towards your final mark of the module.

Staff information

Professor John Stanton-Ife

Teaching pattern

Lectures (2 x 1 hour per week); Tutorials (16-20 tutorials per year) and Seminars (4 x 2 hour per year).


You are not expected to know any law before you begin at King's, however should you wish to do some pre-reading the following texts are recommended for this module. Please do not purchase textbooks for your modules until you have begun your studies as they are subject to change. 

A.P. Simester et al, Simester and Sullivan’s Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (6th edition, Hart: 2016) or J. Horder, Ashworth’s Principles of Criminal Law (8th edition, OUP: 2016)


Module assessment - more information

2-hour closed book examination (70%) & 1 summative essay (30%).

Required module for

Key information

Module code 4FFLK903

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module Yes