LW4022 - Criminal Law and Procedure

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce students to the criminal law and criminal justice system and processes, including how police powers are to be used ethically and professionally. This will include gaining an understanding of relevant legislation and guidance associated with different forms of policing. The module will introduce students specifically to:

• the criminal justice system and key legislation and processes including court processes and processes for gathering and managing information for investigations and different types of evidence.
• Key criminal offences and their definitions, and how the courts deal with such cases
• the core principles of ethics, equality, diversity and human rights in professional policing. Understanding how to exercise police power and procedures fairly and without bias, including stop and search, arrest and detention
• Providing a professional and ethical service to individuals at risk and vulnerable.

CoP pre-join curriculum learning outcomes: CoP February 2023 curriculum v6.0 05/2023
Understanding The Role of a Police Constable 5, 6
Criminal Justice 1, 2, 4, 7.1, 7.4
Response Policing 5
Police Investigations 7
Communication Skills 1.6a, 1.8, 2
Problem Solving 1.2, 1.3, 3

How will I learn on this module?

The module will run across a 12-week semester with students learning through webcasts, lectures, seminars and tutor-guided and student-independent learning. The lecturer will use historical and current political developments, case law and academic writing to give context to core principles. The 12 seminars are reliant on you preparing answers and exercises using both tutor-guided and independent learning and research. You will be given directed learning to prepare for seminar tasks, which go beyond lecture content. Independent learning will include locating and reading relevant legal source material and will again go beyond both lecture content and directed seminar learning. In seminars students will be able to develop their knowledge by applying findings to factual scenarios and developing oral presentation skills by presenting research findings to the wider group.
The ‘’Criminal Law and Procedure’ eLP site contains a module handbook outlining the content of the module. Lecture slides, digital lecture recordings and seminar exercises will also be made available on the eLP site.
Formative feedback will be provided on knowledge and understanding of criminal justice and criminal law as well as a number of opportunities to engage with the method of assessment used in the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during seminars. All lecture and seminar material will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects.
Written assessment feedback will also be provided to allow you to understand how you performed and how you can build on this performance in subsequent assessments within your programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the module you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal law and procedure be able to apply those principles in the context of given scenarios encountered by police.

2. Demonstrate your ability to identify, explain, evaluate and interpret relevant law and other guidance, particularly in relation to policing.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
By the end of the module you should be able to:
3. Communicate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal law and of relevant case law to policing and statutory authorities accurately.

4. Understand PACE the work of other agencies intersecting with the police in the criminal justice system.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

By the end of the module you should have developed the ability to:
5. understand and put into practice the fundamental responsibility of the police service to identify and support those who are vulnerable or at risk and also conduct a lawful, safe and effective investigation.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

During the semester you will have two formative assessments. (1) A written exercise analysing a problem scenario relating to policing and criminal offences.
This will be marked by your seminar tutor and you will receive written feedback on your answer. (2) A mock examination to be made available via the eLP and completed in your own time. You will receive written feedback in the form of a model answer and oral feedback in the form of a discussion of the examination in one of the workshops.

Summative assessment

This will take the form of a 2 hour unseen examination. The examination will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal law and procedure. It will also include a problem scenario.

Summative feedback will be available in written form on scripts, via the eLP as notes for guidance and orally from module/seminar tutors.

Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. Grade-Related Descriptors are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge and/or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks.





Module abstract

Understanding the criminal law and procedure, including how the criminal justice system operates, is key to policing. It is vital to understand how policing fits within the criminal process, and how professional and ethical policing is maintained and ensured. In this module you will study a number of key criminal offences, and will consider what must be proved in order to establish liability for a criminal offence. You will examine how crimes are investigated and proceed to court, ethically and respecting human rights and other professional obligations. You will develop the ability to locate relevant criminal law and other guidance documents and to understand and explain the information so obtained. You will also develop the ability to explain principles of criminal law and professional policing by forming structured and coherent arguments, using correct legal terminology, and to problem solve by applying your knowledge of criminal procedure to given factual scenarios.

Course info

UCAS Code LL44

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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