Scots Criminal Law & Evidence module (LW12010)

Gain an understanding of the most important crimes with which a person can be charged.

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This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the most important crimes with which a person can be charged. It will also cover relevant defences which may be offered to counter such charges.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the Scottish law of evidence
  • consider what a party (the prosecution or the accused) must do in order to prove their case in a court of law
  • develop skills in understanding and applying case law
  • interpret and apply criminal law statutes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • analyse problem situations relating to criminal law and offer solutions
  • identify which crime or crimes might be charged by the prosecution in particular circumstances
  • identify what the prosecution is required to prove in order to secure a conviction at trial
  • identify which potential defence or defences might be available to an accused person and how such defences operate

Assignments / assessment

  • mid-term coursework (30%)
  • computer-marked online exam (70%)

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials.

Lectures will be used to present information and structure your learning. A certain degree of interaction will be expected from you.

Tutorials will allow for small group work and student discussion.

You will be expected to conduct independent study as well. This is to promote a higher level of engagement in the learning process.


This module is available on following courses: