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Criminal Law 2 Companies and Organisations

Module titleCriminal Law 2 Companies and Organisations
Module codeLAW1041C
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Janet Keliher (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module is designed to follow on from LAW1040C ‘Criminal Law: Foundations’, giving you the space and opportunity to practice using criminal law to specialize within the subject and to understand the laws of England within a comparative legal context. By the end of the module you should be able to approach questions of criminality from your understanding of the principles of criminal law and your experience of applying those principles to an area of specialism within criminal law, in this case corporate criminal liability. During this module you will learn how to learn how complete legal research to analyse the law and its operation critically at a foundational level. You will also learn to plan, structure and write your own small research project on corporate and organisational criminal responsibility. 

This module is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board and it is therefore compulsory for all who wish to progress onto the vocational stage of training to become a barrister. Students interested in becoming solicitors under the Solicitors Qualifying Examination route should also take this module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to make you fully conversant with property offences including theft, fraud and money laundering, the law on secondary parties and inchoate offences and the criminal laws which apply to criminal and organisational liability. On this module you will develop core skills which support legal research, enabling you to structure and write your own research project on corporate and organisations crime. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. explain and apply specific criminal offences and defences.
  • 2. analyse the law and its operation, in relation to corporate criminal liability.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. construct a written legal argument.
  • 4. research a legal question and produce a research report on it.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. communicate in writing, in a manner appropriate to the context.
  • 6. develop foundational critical thinking skills.

Syllabus plan

Please note: this module syllabus is exclusively available to students on the Cornwall Campuses and differs materially from the criminal law syllabus of the Streatham Campus (LAW1003). Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover at least some of the following topics:  


  • Parties to crime
  • Inchoate Offences
  • The application of Property offences, including theft , fraud, bribery & money laundering
  • Research project on corporate criminal liability (research streams in previous years have been financial misconduct, transnational organised crime, death and injury caused by organisations and ecocide)

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities96 x 1.5 hr lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities7.55 x 1.5 hr seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities84 x 2 hr research workshops
Guided Independent Study55 x 1 hr peer-led firm meetings
Guided Independent Study50.5Independent acquisition and widening of learning on topics
Guided Independent Study70Research for and preparation of Research Project Submission

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Guided feedback sessions built as part of asynchronous and synchronous activitiesAs required by weekly ILOs1, 3-4, 6Tutor, peer and self-assessment
Individual Poster Presentation up to 600 words 2,4,6Tutor, peer and self-assessment

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research Project1002,000 words1-6Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research Project Resubmission of research project (2,000 words)1-6August/September reassessment period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

A P Simester, J R Spencer, F Stark, G R Sullivan, G J Virgo Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine, 7th ed. (Hart Publications, 2019)


J. Herring, Criminal Law: Text, Cases and Materials, (8th edn,.OUP, 2020)


S. R. Kyd, T. Elliott and M. A. Walters Clarkson and Keating : Criminal Law (10th edn,Sweet and Maxwell  2020)


J. Horder, Ashworth’s Principles of Criminal Law, (9th edn, OUP, 2019)


J. Loveless, M.Allen,C. Derry, Complete Criminal Law, (7th edn., OUP, 2020).


D Ormerod and K Laird Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Criminal Law  16th ed. (OUP, 2021)


N. Monaghan, Criminal Law Directions, 6th ed. (OUP, 2020).

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources




Indicative learning resources - Other resources

You are expected to keep up to date with topical events. This is best done by reading newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian or The Independent. You may also find recent and current editions of specialist journals, in particular the Criminal Law Review and the Journal of Criminal Law are particularly useful.

Key words search

Criminal law, crime, law, property offences, companies, organised crime Cornwall 

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

LAW1040C Criminal Law 1: Foundations

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