Optimize Criminal Law  book cover
1st Edition

Optimize Criminal Law

ISBN 9780415857123
Published March 24, 2015 by Routledge
326 Pages 265 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

The Optimize series is designed to show you how to apply your knowledge in assessment. These concise revision guides cover the most commonly taught topics, and provide you with the tools to:

Understand the law and remember the details

· using diagrams and tables throughout to demonstrate how the law fits together

Contextualise your knowledge

· identifying and explaining how to apply legal principles for important cases

· providing revision advise to help you aim higher in essays and exams

Avoid common misunderstandings and errors

· identifying common pitfalls students encounter in class and in assessment

Reflect critically on the law

· identifying contentious areas that are up for debate and on which you will need to form an opinion

Apply what you have learned in assessment

· presenting learning objectives that reflect typical assessment criteria

· providing sample essay and exam questions, supported by end-of-chapter feedback


The series is also supported by comprehensive online resources that allow you to track

your progress during the run-up to exams.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction – What Is Criminal Law And What Is A Crime

2. General Elements Of Liability

3. Non Fatal Offences Against the Person

4. Sexual Offences

5. Homicide – Including Murder And Manslaughter

6. Theft And Related Offences

7. Criminal Damage

8. Fraud And Blackmail

9. Inchoate Offences

10. Defences 1

11. Defences 2

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John Hendy is an educational freelancer and educational consultant, and formerly a lecturer at Staffordshire University. He is currently Senior Online Tutor at the University of Derby.

Odette Hutchinson is a Senior lecturer in law at Aston Business School. She is Law Teacher of the Year 2013 and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014. She was also shortlisted for the Routedge Teaching law with Technology Prize.


‘[Optimize is] ideal for undergraduate students at all levels. The content is of a high standard, easy to read and understand.  The materials are very catching and easy on the eye making it easy to read and digest the materials…an essential study tool for all law students’ - George Ellison, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Derby

‘I am really impressed by the book…the strengths are the user friendly format, clear explanations, helpful diagrams/flowcharts and appropriate suggestions for analysing the issues concerned’ - Katherine Davies, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

‘I really liked the topics 'maps' at the start of each section, it's helpful for students to see how each topic links with each other. The visual features of the book are brilliant, as I find so many students to be visual learners. The revision objectives are great to demonstrate to the student exactly what they should know before the exam. ‘- Hayley Roberts, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University

‘Comprehensive, but concise…the main strength of the publications are the excellent summaries/overviews, and maps of the relevant points.’ - Bogusia Puchalska, Senior Lecturer, UCLAN

‘As a revision guide, I can see this text as an invaluable student companion. It contains a variety of student-friendly features. In particular, the ‘chapter maps’ and summaries of the key cases, which are presented in a table/diagram format, stand out. The use of everyday examples will help students to put into context the concepts/principles they’ve learnt about. ‘Common pitfalls’ and ‘aim higher’ are excellent features too, enabling students to develop their understanding of the topics. Pitched at the appropriate level…the text is written in a simple, straightforward style, making it easy for students to understand.’ - Andrea Cerevkova, Senior Lecturer in Law, Edge Hill University

‘…presented in a very attractive and eye catching way. Strengths are the copious use of flowcharts and the sufficient depth of explanation.’- Keith Gompertz, Senior Lecturer in Property Law, Coventry University

‘I think this format helps concentrate the student mind onto key issues in revision. - Prof. Chris Gale, Bradford University Law School

'These "Optimize - your blueprint for exam success" tips for the difficult & complex subject of criminal law are superb for your final revision programme! - Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers