Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3205: Law, Testimony and Trauma

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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

Critical perspectives on the concept of trauma

Interdisciplinary perspectives on the concept of testimony

Critical theory on the relationship between knowledge and power


Case studies:

-     - Domestic violence civil proceedings in England and Wales

-     - The Hillsborough tragedy and ensuing legal proceedings

-     - The murder of Stephen Lawrence and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

-     - The Grenfell Tower fire and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

-     - The Holocaust and a comparison between the Nuremberg trials and the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem


The majority of contact time will be dedicated to group work on individual research projects.

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 activities33 x 1 hour lectures on concepts, theory and research tools
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22.59 x 2.5 hour sessions. Each session will include a 0.5-1 hour lecture and a 1.5-2 hour workshop
Guided independent study9Pair work, 1 hour a week
Guided independent study15.5Reading in preparation for lectures
Guided independent study10Preparation for formative assessment – choice of project topic
Guided independent study25Preparation of summative assessment 1
Guided independent study25Preparation of summative assessment 2
Guided independent study40Preparation of summative assessment 3

Online Resources

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