Law School Module Details

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Code LAW585
Coordinator Professor RA Stokes
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 20


LAW585 aims to:
1) develop students’ capacity for critical thinking around the legal framework governing the reduction of financial crime.
2) stimulate the academic interest of students in a challenging and vibrant area of law.
3) develop students’ ability to work independently and as part of a team to a high level of aptitude.
4) engage students in the current academic debates surrounding international responses to financial crime.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of international and domestic legal principles relating to financial crime.

(LO2) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the effectiveness of policies adopted by international institutions aimed at reducing financial crime.

(LO3) Undertake effective research in the field of financial crime.

(LO4) Critically apply legal knowledge to practical situations and draw reasoned conclusions supported by legal authority

(S1) Information skills - Critical reading

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S5) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis



Module content will change slightly year-to-year – students will have access to the syllabus for the specific year of enrolment ahead of choosing this module. Indicatively, topics may include:
• Money Laundering
• Terrorist Funding
• Fraud
• Bribery and Corruption
• Market Abuse and Insider Dealing
• Sentencing Financial Crime

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1: Seminars
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 11 x 2 Hours (22 hours)
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours: 178
Description: Apart from an introductory seminar in week 1, seminars will be student led, discussing a series of questions released in advance (alongside notes and reading lists).
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 178


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 2 Assessment Title: Individual Coursework Assessment Type: Coursework Duration / Size: 3000 words Weighting: 80% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late S    80       
Assessment Title: Case Study Analysis Assessment Type: Coursework Duration / Size: 1000 words Weighting: 20% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard U    20       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.

Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Dr M Shillito Law
Professor V Mitsilegas School of Law and Social Justice
Dr FA Adeyemo Law

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