Criminal Law

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminal Law

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    To facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills relating to the general principles underlying criminal law.

    Students will be able to:

    • identify the role of criminals law in the justice system;
    • describe the general principles underlying criminal liability in the criminal justice system;
    • describe the grounds of justification excluding unlawfulness available to the accused in the criminal justice system;
    • describe the general principles underlying criminal liability on the basis of attempt, conspiracy, incitement and participation;
    • identify legal issues relating to the criminal justice system.


    • Introduction to criminal liability.
    • The principle of legality.
    • Conduct.
    • Unlawfulness.
    • Criminal capacity.
    • Intention.
    • Negligence.
    • Theories of criminal liability.
    • Causation.
    • Attempt, conspiracy and incitement.
    • Participation.


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