Criminal Law And Evidence 1 LAW1003

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Criminal law is central to the maintenance of social order, and the arrest, trial and punishment of citizens raises central issues about the relationship between the individual and the state. In this course we will study the rules of substantive criminal law and the laws of evidence in order to develop an understanding of how state power is exercised through the criminal law and to illustrate how criminal responsibility is established.


One hour lectures Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1000.
Five one hour fortnightly tutorials

Requirements of Entry

This course is only open to students on the LLB.

Excluded Courses





Final examination (100%).

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:
To outline the principles of the criminal law and the law of evidence;
To outline the basic rules of the substantive criminal law;
To allow the student to begin to develop an understanding of the interaction between rules
of law and evidence in the proof of particular crimes;
To develop a basic understanding of the context of the application of the rules of the criminal law.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
· Understand the nature of criminal liability in Scots law;
· Understand the general principles of the Scots law of evidence;
· Demonstrate the interaction between the rules of criminal law and evidence, in the
context of the proof of particular criminal offences;
· Demonstrate their problem-solving skillls by applying rules of criminal law and evidence
to concrete factual situations.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Overall Grade D