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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1012B: Introduction to Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

There is set reading. For each topic, there are multiple choice questions. These aim to consolidate your knowledge of the subject. They also reinforce the need for precision, as legal concepts are delineated by fine definitions and distinctions. For each topic, there are also questions for reflection. For each one, you will produce an outline essay plan. These aim to prompt you to think critically about the law as it currently stands, and creatively about how it might be reformed.

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. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the law on the topics covered by the module, using appropriate concepts, interpretative techniques and terminology;
2. Identify and analyse (with guidance) some general legal concepts and principles, together with related theories and academic commentary;
3. Research a legal question and demonstrate competence in applying general legal principles in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it;
4. Demonstrate competent understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of legal rules, concepts, values and principles, and the capacity to explain and discuss the relationships among them;
6. Make an informed judgement about the merits and relevance of particular information and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments;
7. Communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, in a manner appropriate to the discipline;
Personal and Key Skills8. Take responsibility for own learning (with support);
9. Identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of resources with some guidance;
10. Manage time efficiently in preparing for learning activities and to work independently within a limited timeframe to complete a specified task.