Criminal Evidence and Process (M3053)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

This module examines different rules of criminal evidence and their impact. The module offers a critical, inter-disciplinary approach to contemporary issues in criminal evidence which, for time reasons, cannot be covered in traditional evidence modules (see The Law of Evidence module). Over the past three decades, rules of criminal evidence have been subject to radical change - which has had a significant impact on individual rights and the relationship between the State and the individual. Such changes are often justified on the grounds of ‘need’ to tackle particular challenges (such as terrorism, organised crime, corruption, anti-social behaviour, etc), with little consideration of their impact at the coalface of the criminal justice system. This module provides analysis of such contemporary issues.

Teaching

100%: Practical (Workshop)

Assessment

100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 48 hours of contact time and 252 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.