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Undergraduate Course: Epistemology and Evidence Law (PHIL10185)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course applies theories and ideas from contemporary epistemology to questions and puzzles in the law of evidence - that branch of the law concerned with the proof of facts in legal proceedings.
Course description This course applies theories and ideas from contemporary epistemology to questions and puzzles in the law of evidence - that branch of the law concerned with the proof of facts in legal proceedings. Topics to be covered include the presumption of innocence, the beyond a reasonable doubt standard of proof, sentencing and punishment, character evidence, forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony. The course may also cover, in any given year, topics of particular contemporary interest - such as the use of biometric evidence in criminal prosecution, and the 'corroboration rule' and 'not proven' verdicts distinctive of Scots law.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students studying MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) or Law are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organizer before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will demonstrate a detailed understanding of a selection of central topics and theories in epistemology and evidence law.
  2. Students will critically assess and compare arguments in epistemology and evidence law and deploy these arguments for himself and herself.'
  3. Students will analyse complex arguments and concepts, and apply these abilities to topics in epistemology and evidence law.
  4. Students will write and discuss with clarity, rigour and structural transparency and develop appropriate research skills in philosophy.
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KeywordsEpistemology,Evidence Law
Course organiserDr Martin Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 3654
Course secretaryMiss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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