University of Technology Sydney

78268 Special Topics in Evidence

Requisite(s): ( 78101c Postgraduate Legal Research OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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This subject offers specialised, comparative, critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the law of evidence. Expanding on knowledge from core evidence subjects, this subject provides the opportunity for students to engage with emerging, topical or live issues in the law of evidence. This may include law reform processes, international developments or ongoing litigation that occurs concurrently with the session. It also exposes students to the different philosophical and critical traditions underpinning the law of evidence.

In this sense, the subject is adaptive and alive, responding to immediate challenges and transformations in the law of evidence. It also demonstrates the diversity of approaches taken by different practitioners, scholars and theorists. Each session therefore offers content and visiting scholars/practitioners who may assist students to engage with live issues in evidence; the aim – to reveal the law not as static, but constantly evolving in response to technological, sociopolitical and cultural shifts.

Critical analysis, communication, writing and research are developed in this subject, facilitating deep knowledge of specific areas of evidence, while gaining a broader appreciation for the law of evidence and how it operates in practice.

In seminar presentations and discussion, students engage with topical controversies by leading the class in sophisticated oral debate and discussion, and posing intelligent, informed questions to visiting scholars/practitioners. Students can select to pursue independent research projects, developing specialised knowledge and advancing their skills.

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