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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Introduces students to the practical, performative and ethical arts of courtroom advocacy. Students learn about forensic rhetoric and other aspects of courtroom behaviours

Unit content

Topic 1: Advocacy as Rhetorical Performance

Topic 2: The Five Faculties of Rhetoric

Topic 3: Delivery: The Breath (“of an unfee’d lawyer”?)

Topic 4: Gesture, Costume, Staging and Props

Topic 5: Judgment and Fair Hearing

Topic 6: Persuasive Authority: Metaphor and Analogy

Topic 7: Mooting

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 perform with technical competence, imagination and professionalism in methods of mooting and the arts of appellate court advocacy
2 demonstrate practical awareness of the ethical aspects of the roles and responsibilities of courtroom advocates and judges
3 show critical familiarity with classical, renaissance and modern theories and techniques of forensic rhetoric
4 communicate complex ideas clearly and persuasively, by demonstrating the faculties of performance rhetoric
5 demonstrate reflective appreciation of personal competence in the art of advocacy

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. perform with technical competence, imagination and professionalism in methods of mooting and the arts of appellate court advocacy
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate practical awareness of the ethical aspects of the roles and responsibilities of courtroom advocates and judges
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. show critical familiarity with classical, renaissance and modern theories and techniques of forensic rhetoric
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. communicate complex ideas clearly and persuasively, by demonstrating the faculties of performance rhetoric
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate reflective appreciation of personal competence in the art of advocacy
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

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