2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
20 creditsClass Size: 176
Module manager: Alex Batesmith
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsOnly one module from the list of pre-requisites is required.
|LAW1140||Principles of Criminal Law|
|LAW1141||Introduction to Criminal Law|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of key evidentiary rules and principles and an understanding of the function of the law of evidence;
- demonstrate a capacity to identify, analyse, evaluate and interpret significant legal, policy and ethical issues pertaining to the law of evidence;
- provide reasoned and critical analysis of evidential issues;
- apply knowledge to practical scenarios;
- present legal argument coherently and fluently in writing.
This module aims to introduce key rules of evidence in the context of their rationale, their historical development, and modern criminal justice policy. It explores the connection between the rules of evidence and the nature of the common law adversarial trial and aims to promote critical awareness of the balance between the interests of the state and the individual.
The course will cover:
(i) Introduction and terminology;
(ii) Burden and standard of proof in criminal proceedings;
(iv) The trial process; evidence-in-chief and cross-examination;
(vi) Judicial discretion to exclude relevant and otherwise admissible evidence;
(viii) Inferences from silence.
|Private study hours||200.00|
|Total Contact hours||0.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyThe School is committed to providing an excellent student education and experience. This will involve a variety of teaching methods and follow a blended learning model, including meaningful on-campus in-person teaching for all students. Further information regarding teaching delivery will follow
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackMonitoring of students during seminars;
Formative essay set in third week of teaching (1,500-word essay maximum) with feedback issued to students.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||2 x 1,500 word essays both equally weighted||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 11/05/2022 10:52:06
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