LEGAL SYSTEMS - 2022/3
Module code: LAW1053
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
In order to study law, it is necessary to understand what the law is, where it comes from and how it operates. This module will equip students with a foundation of knowledge of the English legal systems and its personnel, practices and policies and introduce the skills needed to study the law effectively. It will also situation the legal system of England and Wales within the context of other legal systems allowing students to understand the interrelation between English law, European law and international law.
School of Law
FINCH Emily (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 8
Independent Learning Hours: 112
Lecture Hours: 22
Tutorial Hours: 8
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module will cover a range of contemporary issues related to the English legal system such as:
What is the law?
Sources and types of law: statute, delegated legislation, case law, equity.
Parliament and the law-making process.
Introduction to the EU legal order (nature of EU law, law-making in the EU, relationship between EU law and national law).
Introduction to Public International Law (nature of international law, treaties and customary international law, international law in the UK).
Understanding comparative law: the relationship between England and Wales and other legal systems.
The structure of the courts and the personnel of the legal system.
The criminal justice system and the jury decision-making process.
Civil justice, tribunals and alternative dispute resolution.
The hierarchy of the courts and the doctrine of precedent.
¿ Understanding statutory provisions and the canons of statutory interpretation.
¿ Finding and understanding case law.
¿ Legal research and legal writing.
¿ Critical evaluation and legal analysis.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||A research and case evaluation exercise 1500 words||50|
|Coursework||A critical analysis essay (1500 words).||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have understood the way in which the legal system operates as well as providing an opportunity to demonstrate key legal skills in research, case analysis and critical evaluation.
Accordingly, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
¿ A research exercise and case evaluation.
¿ A 1500-word essay demonstrating the ability to engage in critical analysis.
The formative assessment consists of verbal feedback during case evaluation workshops and written feedback on a piece of written work that allows students to practice their skills of critical analysis.
- ¿ To provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the operation of the English legal system
- ¿ To outline the structure of the courts and the personnel of the legal system
- ¿ To explore the relationship between English law and other legal systems including European law and international law including the European Convention on Human Rights
- ¿ To outline the legislative process and the passage of a Bill through Parliament.
- ¿ To equip students with knowledge of core legal concepts such as the doctrine of precedent and the canons of statutory interpretation
- ¿ To ensure that students are able to find, use, understand and evaluate the law.
|001||Understand the operation of the English legal system.||CKP|
|002||Identify a range of sources of law.||CKP|
|003||Understand the operation of the civil and criminal justice systems.||CKP|
|004||Awareness of the legislative function of Parliament and the passage of an Act of Parliament.||KPT|
|005||Understanding of the nature of International law, and how International law and national law can interrelate||KPT|
|006||Ability to find, use, understand statute law and case law.||CPT|
|007||Create a legal argument and engage in critical analysis of the law.||CKPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to support students in the acquisition of a foundation of knowledge of the operation of the English legal system, both as a topic of study in its own right and as the foundation for the study of a range of other substantive areas of law. It aims to facilitate active engagement with the subject matter and to encourage students to look outwards to see the principles and policies of the law in operation in wider society. It places an appropriate level of emphasis on independent learning and will provide students with opportunities to develop the skills that they will need to study law successfully.
The learning and teaching methods will include:
¿ two-hour interactive lectures in which core information and ideas will be disseminated.
¿ one-hour tutorials in which facilitate the exploration of ideas and concepts in greater depth.
¿ two-hour practical workshops in students are guided in the development of a range of essential legal skills.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.