Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Legal Studies
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 6,000 WORDS  80%
Supplementary Assessment VISUAL AND WRITTEN PRESENTATION  20%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 6,000 WORDS  80%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of law and regulation as social practices that both reflect and shape society
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the sources of law from both jurisprudential and positivist perspectives
3. Demonstrate an ability to locate and evaluate domestic and international legal materials
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the common law methodology and the skills to employ it
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between domestic and international law
6. Demonstrate an ability to critically contextualize and evaluate domestic law within the context of global law and politics

Brief description

This module provides students with the generic knowledge and skills necessary for studying on the LLM programs. The module has a practical as well as a theoretical focus. Practically, guidance is provided on how to locate and evaluate a broad spectrum of legal materials. At the theoretical level, the module requires critical engagement with fundamental questions, such as ‘What is law?’ and ‘How is law different from other social practices?’. It also requires insight into the sources of law in positivist terms, as well as from a wider jurisprudential perspective. The module will deal with the core question of how the law made at the domestic level interact with global society and global law and politics.


This module consist of 10 units, covering the following topics:
1. The nature of law and regulation
2. Sources of law and legal reasoning
3. Comparative Law
4. Common law methodology – a comparative perspective
5. Private and public law
6. International law
7. Global law
8. Global law cont
9. Socio-legal studies
10. Law and politics

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Assignment and oral presentation; participation with online discussion group
Improving own Learning and Performance Studying the material and writing the assignment
Information Technology Module requires the use of IT as a core resource for locating legal material
Personal Development and Career planning Gaining confidence in legal thinking and analysis
Problem solving Assignment on the chosen theme and poster presentation
Research skills The module seeks to develop practical legal skills and a theoretical engagement with law and regulation
Subject Specific Skills Apply generic skills to specific subjects of the theme through the assignment
Team work Online discussion group


This module is at CQFW Level 7