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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1036: Legal Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module provides you with a foundational, and thus vital, understanding of the nature of law, legal principles and legal practice. In particular, the module is designed with the intention of supporting you in developing the necessary academic, legal, theoretical, practical and ethical knowledge, awareness and skills that are foundational to both the study and practice of law.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. identify and analyse (with guidance) the basic organisation and structure of the English and UK legal systems, including core underlying concepts and principles;
2. identify and select relevant information from legal source material using appropriate interpretative techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of legal reasoning and its application;
3. demonstrate understanding of relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and the ability to explain the relationships among them;
5. make an informed judgement about the merits and relevance of particular information and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments;
6. communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, in a manner appropriate to the discipline.
Personal and Key Skills7. take responsibility for your own learning and manage time efficiently in preparing for learning activities;
8. identify, retrieve and efficiently use a range of resources (with some guidance);
9. work independently within a limited time frame to complete a specified task.