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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3168E: Criminal Justice and Evidence

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Nature & objectives of the criminal justice system
  • The HRA 1998 and criminal justice
  • Stop & search powers
  • Powers of arrest
  • Detention and Interrogation
  • The right to silence at the police station
  • Unlawfully obtained evidence
  • Confessions and confession evidence
  • Obtaining Identification Evidence
  • Prosecution Decisions/Alternatives to prosecution
  • Bail: Police and Court
  • Legal Aid

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2412 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4.53 x 1.5 hour workshops
Guided Independent Study59.5Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study17Workshop preparation
Guided independent study40Assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study5Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).