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SWOT: Criminal Law 4th ed

Christopher RyanReader and Head of Department of Law, City University, Gary Scanlan

ISBN13: 9781854317803
ISBN: 1854317806
Published: May 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Intended as a study aid for law students, covering law subjects at every level from A Level and degree level to Law Society and Bar exams, this book is part of a series on criminal law. It indicates the common pitfalls which contribute to under-achievement or failure in exams. The text helps the student to identify the main examination topics and suggest methods of study, revision and of answering examination questions as well as giving guidance to the essential contents of answers.;Because it is topical and interesting, criminal law can appear deceptively easy. But there are pitfalls for the unwary student which only become evident as assessment and examination time approaches. You may have enjoyed your criminal law course, but failed to grasp its complexities.;This book helps readers to identify the main assessment and examination topics and to answer them effectively. The author suggests methods of study, revisions and of answering questions, as well as giving guidance to the essential contents of the answers.;This edition includes recent important House of Lords and Court of Appeal decisions, such as ""Gomez"", ""Brown"", ""Atakpu"", ""Rook"", ""Kingston"", ""Scarlett"", ""Morhall"", ""Coles"", ""Elbekkay"", ""Clegg"" and ""C."" Reference is also made to The Road Traffic Act 1991, The Criminal Justice Act 1993, The Sexual Offences Act 1993 and The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

Student Revision Aids
Part 1 Study techniques: the law student; the aim of ""SWOT Criminal Law""; lectures in criminal law; private study; tutorials and their preparation.
Part 2 Learning, revision and examination techniques: revision programme; selecting your topics; the mechanics of revision; the criminal law assessment and examination.
Part 3 Actus reus: general principles; positive acts; chain of causation; coincidence of actus reus and mens rea; omissions; circumstances; planning your revision; examples of questions; further reading.
Part 4 Mens rea or state of mind: negligence offences; crimes of basic intent; crimes of specific/ulterior intent; relationship of actus reus and mens rea; proof of mens rea; examples of questions.
Part 5 Strict liability: nature of strict liability; matters used to determine whether offences are ones of strict liability; planning your revision; examples of questions.
Part 6 Participation: types of participator; the mens rea of a secondary party; planning your revision; examples of questions.
Part 7 Inchoate offences: three offences; criminal attempts; conspiracy; incitement; inchoate offences and participation; examples of questions.
Part 8 Defences: forms of general defence; planning your revision; examples of questions.
Part 9 Offenses against the person: non-sexual, non-fatal offences; sexual/indecent, non-fatal assaults; homicide; examples of questions.
Part 10 Offences against the property- the Theft Acts: theft; burglary; dishonesty other than theft; planning your revision; examples of questions.