Criminal Law

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminal Law

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Places are limited. Priority will be given to students studying law in their home university and are attending Trinity on a law exchange programme.
    Auditing this module is only possible subject to availability of spaces.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module is about criminal liability; it is concerned with whether certain acts and conduct performed by a person amounts to that person being guilty of a particular crime. The module accordingly deals with the definitions of criminal offences and defences. Offences are broken down into physical elements (precisely what acts, in terms consequences and conduct, are prohibited?) and mental elements (what intentions must be present in the person?s mind at the time of their act in order for them to be guilty?). The module is also concerned with general principles that apply across the board to questions of criminal liability such as the question of what it means to cause something to happen. The basic aspects of the court- based process by which a person can be found to be guilty of a crime and punished are also looked at.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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