Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)
The law of evidence is the study of rules designed to ensure that the guilty are convicted and the innocent are acquitted. It is a system of balances and checks that is the ultimate protection of individual liberty. In this module you can decide for yourself just how important the law of evidence is in the criminal justice system. This module is an intellectually stimulating study of a complex legal topic but is also of particular interest to those intending to enter legal practice.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-30062/lists
By building on knowledge acquired in foundational modules of Law or Criminology, this module will allow students to develop further their knowledge of the operation of legal rules as they are applied in the context of criminal trials in England and Wales. The law of evidence offers students the opportunity to explore a range of practical situations in which trial courts manage statutory legal rules and exceptions, codes of practice and case-law. Students will gain a fuller appreciation of the appropriate exercise of judicial case management skills, and judicial discretion, in the efficient management of trials within the context of human rights, especially the fair trial provisions of the ECHR.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the rules of criminal evidence which regulate the admission of evidence at criminal trials in England and Wales: 1Confidently apply the rules of criminal evidence to a factual scenario when considering the admissibility of certain types of evidence: 1Critically analyse the rules of criminal evidence across a range of contextual themes and policy considerations: 1
Lectures (24 hours)Seminars (12 hours (6 x 2))Preparation for lectures and seminars (50 hours)Revision and examination preparation (64 hours)
1: Open Book Examination weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
28-hour online exam (Active working time for completion 4 hours)The word limit for the assessment is 3,000 words. Students must answer the compulsory problem question (the factual scenario for the problem question will be pre-seen but NOT the related assessment tasks) and one unseen essay question from a choice of two or three (topics indicated in advance). The questions carry equal weight.
The paper will be released on the KLE at 9am on the morning of the exam. Students will have 28 hours to submit their answers.
Although 28 hours has been allocated as the time frame within which answers must be submitted, we expect that most students will take no more than 2-3 hours to complete their answers. Answers must be completed and submitted in accordance with the Law School approved rubric for 28-hour online assessments.