LAW41900 Advanced Criminal Law 2

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module builds on earlier learning to examine in more detail the catalogue of criminal offences and the general defences which may apply in respect of those offences. It covers the substantive crimes of homicide, sexual offences, offences against the person, offences against property and offences of dishonesty. It then turns to consider possible exemptions from liability in relation to matters such as provocation, necessity, legitimate defence, insanity, diminished responsibility, mistake, duress and other factors which may either justify an action or mitigate liability.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will be able to:

1. Describe the substantive criminal law in relation to specific offences and defences;
2. Discuss the considerations of principle and policy which have shaped the development of these offences and defences;
3. Apply the rules of criminal law to hypothetical scenarios; and
4. Analyse factual situations to assess what criminal charges may appropriately be brought and what defences may be available in respect of such charges

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
* Lectures
* Seminars
* In-class discussion
* Problem-solving exercises
* Independent reading of case law and secondary literature 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAW41910 - Advanced Criminal Law 1

LAW20400 - Criminal Offences & Defences, LAW40820 - Issues in Criminal Law

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: An end of trimester assignment, max. 2,000 words. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: A legal writing exercise requiring analysis of case law, with the appropriate tone, structure and referencing. Max. 2000 words. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are encouraged to avail of opportunities to discuss their ideas in lectures, as this can be a means of obtaining feedback from the lecturer and from peers. Discussion on prescribed reading is a central component of the seminars in this module, and the group discussion should be regarded as an opportunity to get feedback on one's engagement with the material. General feedback on the exam will be uploaded to Brightspace on the day provisional results are published, highlighting common issues in relation to each question on the exam. Students also have the opportunity of viewing their script after the publication of final results. After viewing their script students may schedule an appointment with the lecturer for further individual feedback.

Name Role
Mr Kevin Roche Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 16:00 - 17:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29 Wed 14:00 - 15:50