This unit examines many well known political and criminal trials, both from an historical and psychological perspective. Consideration of the technical aspects of the trial such as rules of evidence and skills of advocacy are covered and the adversarial nature of a court trial is explored to determine to what extent an advocate is an actor. Students will also evaluate the psychological impact of a trial on witnesses and juries.
Unit contentTopic 1. The trial in an historical context
Topic 2. Famous Trials
Topic 3. Blind Justice and the abolition of the death penalty
Topic 4. Vulnerable defendants and witnesses
Topic 5. Psychology, trials and the law
Topic 6. Circumstantial and expert evidence
Topic 7. The Theme of Justice in Literature & Film
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Demonstrate and understanding of an historical and psychological perspective on trials, starting from the trial of Charles I to the trial of Bradley Murdoch||Intellectual rigour|
|2||Analyse famous criminal and political trials and assess their broader impact on the community and the administration of justice||Intellectual rigour|
|3||Explain the rules of evidence, in particular expert evidence and cross-examination||Intellectual rigour|
|4||Demonstrate an understanding of the role of human psychology in the trial process||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Describe and analyse the change in treatment of vulnerable defendants and witnesses in the trial process||Knowledge of a discipline|
Teaching and assessment
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