LAW06065 0000 Criminal Justice

General Details

Full Title
Criminal Justice
Transcript Title
Criminal Justice
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
0000 - The Beginning of Time
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, John Weir, Lorraine Murphy, Dr. Leonard Taylor
Programme Membership
SG_GLAWB_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business

The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction and explanation of Irish Criminal law, criminal procedure and criminology. The module will not just examine how law functions but why people commit crime and the motives behind criminal behaviour. The module investigates the functioning of criminal procedure, and the role and practice of the Irish court system and asks if this is successful or are there alternatives. Learners will be required to distinguish and contrast the various criminal offences in law in Ireland and in particular to examine the instances of white collar crime. How are white collar crimes investigated in Ireland and internationally, and what can be done to prevent its prevalence?

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand and explain the key principles of Irish criminal law


Examine the jurisdiction of the Irish courts in criminal matters, and evaluate criminal procedure in practice of the Irish court system


Discuss theories and issues in Criminology


Detail and examine the complexity of white collar crime in Ireland and globally.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centered active learning. The module is designed to accommodate blended learning.  A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CALL) packages are available to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Adobe Connect, Panopto, Teams). This module may be delivered by a mixture of face to face, online delivery and tutorial support as appropriate.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by continuous assessment (100%). Candidates will develop a general knowledge of current statutes and Irish case law while examining criminal law and crime and tort procedure. Students will also examine criminology and white collar crime through a variety of individual and group work case studies and project work to investigate the prevalence of crime and the factors that give rise to its reoccurrence. Students will receive feedback during the continuous assessment process.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination. Assessments will be in the same format or varied where appropriate.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Principles of Criminal Law
    1. Classification and elements of a crime
    2. Degrees of participation and association
  2. Criminal Procedure
    1. Bail, arrest and detention
    2. A Criminal Trial: Practice and Procedure
  3. Criminology
    1. Theories of crime and justice
    2. Policing, punishment and alternatives
    3. Victims of crime
  4. White collar Crime
    1. Nature of white-collar crime
    2. Investigation, prosecution and defence
    3. Corruption, fraud, economic and organised crime

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case studies, quizes, exam, other Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 6 1,2
2 Case study in Criminology or white collar crime Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 8 3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Weekly lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-08-28 An Introduction to Irish Criminal Law Gill & MacMillan
ISBN 0717159736 ISBN-13 9780717159734

Fully revised and updated edition, with a greater focus on standard university criminal law syllabi. All major changes to criminal law up to the end of 2013 are discussed, including: New Legislation Covered in Detail Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006 Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Act 2007 Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2010 Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011 Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2011 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 New Legislation, individual provisions of which will becovered Criminal Justice Act 2006 Criminal Justice Act 2007 Criminal Justice (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009 Criminal Procedure Act 2010 Criminal Justice Act 2011 Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Adults) Act 2012 Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013 Law Reform Commission Papers Report on Homicide: Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter (LRC 87-2008) Report on Defences in Criminal Law (LRC 95-2009) Report on Inchoate Offences (LRC 99-2010) Consultation Paper on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent (LRC CP 63-2011) Written For: Law students Legal professional entry exams Social care and social science courses "

Recommended Reading
2012 Criminal Law
ISBN 185800585X ISBN-13 9781858005850

"This new title is a comprehensive textbook on Irish criminal law which brings the reader up-to-date with significant recent developments. It contains extensive analysis and commentary that will prove invaluable to both the legal practitioner and the student of law. It also provides comparative analysis where appropriate" -publisher.

Recommended Reading
2010 Criminal Law in Ireland
ISBN 1905536259 ISBN-13 9781905536252

Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary is designed to help law students to understand the fundamental rules, principles and policy considerations that govern the criminal law in Ireland.

Recommended Reading
2018-06-14 Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod's Criminal Law Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198807094 ISBN-13 0198807090

Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Criminal Law is rightly regarded as the leading doctrinal textbook on criminal law in England and Wales. The book owes its consistent popularity to its accessible style, depth of analysis, and breadth of coverage. Over fifty years since the publication of the first edition, Professor David Ormerod and Karl Laird continue the tradition set down by Professors Sir John Smith and Brian Hogan by producing a textbook of unrivaled quality. The text continues to be an invaluable resource for undergraduate students and an essential reference source for criminal law practitioners. Online resources: A selection of online resources accompany this text, including: DT Comprehensive annual legal updates, organized by chapter DT A full bibliography arranged alphabetically and by chapter DT A selection of additional online chapters

Required Reading
2016-12-01 Criminology
ISBN 1138643130 ISBN-13 9781138643130

Comprehensive and accessible, Tim Newburn's bestselling Criminology provides an introduction to the fundamental themes, concepts, theories, methods and events that underpin the subject and form the basis for all undergraduate degree courses and modules in Criminology and Criminal Justice. This third edition includes: A new chapter on politics, reflecting the ever increasing coverage of political influence and decision making on criminology courses New and updated crime data and analysis of trends, plus new content on recent events such as the Volkswagen scandal, the latest developments on historic child abuse, as well as extended coverage throughout of the English riots A fully revised and updated companion website, including exam, review and multiple choice questions, a live Twitter feed from the author providing links to media and academic coverage of events related to the concepts covered in the book, together with links to a dedicated textbook Facebook page Fully updated to reflect recent developments in the field and extensively illustrated, this authoritative text, written by a leading criminologist and experienced lecturer, is essential reading for all students of Criminology and related fields.

Required Reading
2017-03-02 Investigation of Fraud and Economic Crime Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 0198799012 ISBN-13 9780198799016

Fraud costs the United Kingdom a reported L198 billion per year and the Crime Survey for England and Wales (March 2016) estimates that there are over 5 million incidents of fraud and 2 million cyber-related crimes committed annually. Preventing and investigating fraud has become a priority for police officers and establishing successful, effective strategies to tackle this new volume crime represents a significant and persistent challenge for the police service. Investigation of Fraud and Economic Crime is written by experts from, and affiliated to, the City of London Police, the lead force for fraud in the UK and home to Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). It offers practical, straightforward advice to law enforcement agencies dealing with fraud and economic crimes. The book identifies more than fiftty different types of fraud and sets out the different strategic and tactical considerations in preventing, investigating, and disrupting each one. At the centre of the book is the Fraud Investigation Model (FIM), an effective framework encompassing multiagency working, recovery of evidence and victim management, as well as a range of useful features designed to demystify fraud terminology and provide accessible operational guidance. These include key point boxes, highlighting important learning points and investigation best practice; definition boxes, to cut through legal terminology and connect the law to everyday police work; and flow charts, which tackle complex operational and legal procedures and break them down into simple, easy to follow steps.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Horder, J., (2019). Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law. Oxford University Press, USA.

Ormerod, D., Laird, K., (2020). Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod's Text, Cases, and Materials on Criminal Law.

Fennell, C., (2019). The Law of Evidence in Ireland. Bloomsbury Professional.

Choileain, C. N. (2017) Criminal Law. Round Hall nutshells 4th edn. Dublin: Round Hall.

Walsh, (2016) (2nd ed) Criminal Procedure.

Law Society of Ireland (2017) Criminal Litigation, 3rd Ed.

O’Moore (2017) Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person: Law and Practice.

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