|Module Title||FOUNDATIONS OF LAW|
|Co-ordinator||Mr Neil Kibble|
|Other staff||Mrs Lillian Stevenson|
|Mutually Exclusive||LA11010 , LA30110|
|Course delivery||Lecture||20 Hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||4 Hours|
|Assessment||Essay||Two essays required in week 5 & 9||50%|
|Professional Exemptions||Not Required for Professional Purposes|
The Foundations of Law module aims to provide a foundation in legal studies to students who have an interest in studying the law but who are not studying towards a Law Degree.
The module will involve a consideration of a number of important questions concerning the nature and role of law: What are the sources of law and what techniques are available to assist in comprehending and evaluating them? What questions should law students ask of these sources? What are the connections between law and justice, law and politics and law and morality? What is the relationship between the Courts and Parliament, between case law and legislation? What is the role of the judge? Do judges create or merely apply the law, and what is involved in 'applying the law' What, if anything, is distinctive about legal argument and legal analysis?
Students will be required to read a variety of materials during the module: law reports, statutory provisions, academic articles, and other commentaries. The emphasis will be on engaging in critical analysis and evaluation and on developing those abilities in the students.
The Foundations of Law module also introduces students to the skills that students must master if they are to be successful in the study of law ? reading cases and problem-solving. The module achieves this aim by providing opportunities for students to develop and refine these skills.
The module also offers some exploration into both criminal law and the law of contract. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts in both subjects and will be expected to read and understand original cases, and to reflect upon leading debates and issues.
During the module the kind of inquiry we engage in ranges from the very close reading of texts with a focus on the precise meaning of individual words and phrases, to a more policy oriented and theoretical consideration of ideas about law and justice.
An understanding of key legal concepts
An appreciation of the role of law in society
A grounding in criminal law and contract
Familiarity with legal method and argument
Analytical, problem-solving, argumentation and critical skills
Linguistic and interpretive skills
Criminal Law - core concepts
Criminal Law & Punishment
Criminal Law Problem-Solving - Burglary
Human Rights & the Law
Core concepts in Contract Law