Law for University Study - LZ019

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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3 30 (15) MR C Moore
Canterbury Spring and Summer
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3 30 (15) MISS H Phillips

Pre-requisites

Spring: Co-requisite modules include: LZ036 Academic Skills (15 credits) and LZ035 Foundation Project (15 credits) OR LZ037 English for Academic Study (15 credits) along with two other 30 credit modules on the International Foundation Programme (8 modules are available on the Spring programme).

Autumn: Co-requisite modules include: LZ036 Academic Skills Development (15 credits) and LZ035 Foundation Project (15 credits) OR LZ037 English for Academic Study (15 credits) along with two other 30 credit modules on the International Foundation Programme.

This module is available to JYA students.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

The module will aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature and sources of English law, including its political nature and the hierarchy and structure of the English Legal System. Included within this, the problems associated with the interpretation and implementation of the law will be highlighted. The political nature of law and its relation to justice will also be stressed. In the second period, separate areas of the law will be considered (e.g. criminal law, contract law, constitutional law) in order to give students a feel for the many different branches of law and how these often inter-relate.

Details

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Contact hours

Spring Start:
Two hours of lecture, two hours of seminar, one hour of workshop per week over 10 weeks (50hrs) in the Spring Term, 10 weeks in the Summer Term (50hrs). In addition, students will be expected to spend 200 hours in private study over 20 weeks. The total number of study hours equals 300.

Autumn Start:
Two hours of lecture, one hour of seminar and one hour of workshop per week over 11 weeks (44hrs) in the Autumn & 11 weeks in the Spring Term, 2 weeks in the Summer Term (8hrs). In addition, students will be expected to spend 204 hours in private study over the 24 weeks. The total number of study hours equals 300.

This module is available to JYA students.

Cost

NA - there is no core text for this module

Method of assessment

Coursework will account for 60% of the overall mark, consisting of:

Term One:
Written Assignment (1,000 words) (15%)
In Course Test (45 minutes) (15%)

Term Two:
Written Assignment (1,500 words) (25%)
Seminar Participation (over two terms) (5%)
Final Examination of both terms' work will account for 40% of the overall mark (2 hours)

Preliminary reading

The recommended textbook is:
Gary Slapper, How the Law Works (Routledge 2016)

Additional reading:
Atiyah, Atiyah's Introduction to the Law of Contract (Oxford University Press 2006)
Helen Carr, Sarah, Carter and Kirsty Horsey, Skills for Law Students (Oxford University Press 2009)
Jacqueline Martin, Unlocking Criminal Law (Routledge 2015)
Gary Slapper, The English Legal System (Routledge 2016)
April Stroud, Making Sense of Land Law (Palgrave Macmillan 2013)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

- recognise the basic forms and sources of law
- differentiate between case law and statutory law
- approach the law in a critical manner through encouragement to evaluate legal judgements
- develop a further understanding of other subject areas, for example, history, philosophy
and politics through perceiving law as a social practice
- compose a basic legal argument in response to a problem question

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