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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying law at university or law school, particularly those applying to study law in the UK.

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Course Summary

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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.

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Syllabus

Tutorial 1: Causation (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will introduce you to the key elements of a criminal offence: the mens rea and the actus reus. It will then move on to identify how criminal liability can be established in a discussion of the important concept of criminal law known as causation.


Tutorial 2: Homicide (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will explore the most morbid of criminal offences: murder and manslaughter. It will guide you through exactly what constitutes these offences and the different forms of manslaughter before discussing two partial defences of murder in detail.


Tutorial 3: Non-Lethal Offences (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will take a look at a range of criminal offences that, although often concerned with physical violence, do not implicate fatal consequences. It will cover such offences as assault, battery, grievous bodily harm, and rape.


Tutorial 4: Defences (1 - 1.5 hours)

This final tutorial will explore the vast range of defences available to an individual charged with the commission of a criminal offence. These will include self-defence, necessity, consent, duress, automatism, insanity, and provocation.


Key Details

Course Pre-requisites Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for law
Course Level For students applying to university to study Law.
Difficulty Moderate
Prior Knowledge A basic understanding of the law and an interest in politics.
ORA's Introduction to Law course is recommended pre-learning.
Other than that, an enthusiasm to learn more is all that is required!
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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