Postgraduate Course: Epistemology and Evidence Law (PHIL11195)
|School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Available to all students
|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.
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)
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of a selection of central topics and theories in epistemology and evidence law
- critically assess and compare arguments in epistemology and evidence law and deploy these arguments for themselves
- analyse complex arguments and concepts, and apply these abilities to topics in epistemology and evidence law
- write and discuss with greater clarity, rigour and structural transparency and develop appropriate research skills in philosophy
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Reading, understanding and critically engaging with research; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing.
|Dr Martin Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 3654
|Miss Sabina Ali
Tel: (0131 6) 50 4400