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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3040: English Legal History

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

Module Aims

To introduce you to the history of the legal system and of some aspects of substantive English law. 
To introduce you to the dynamic relationship between the English legal system and social, economic and political forces. 
To introduce you to the use of original historical legal sources and support you in undertaking research.

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 a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the evolution of English law from the late seventeenth century to the start of the First World War;
2. demonstrate a critical understanding of English law in its wider historico-legal context and the ability to demonstrate this in relation to the specific topics studied in the module;
3. undertake an original piece of research into a specific area of English legal history covered in the module;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively, orally and in writing, relevant law and legal arguments;
5. show an appreciation and understanding of the main materials and sources for undertaking research into modern legal history;
6. demonstrate a critical understanding of the different approaches to legal history;
7. identify, analyse and use original and secondary legal sources;
8. demonstrate an understanding of the application of different methodologies to reveal contrasting perspectives;
Personal and Key Skills9. interact effectively and proactively within a learning group, to share information and ideas and to communicate effectively and accurately;
10. plan and undertake a research project, to reflect critically on the learning process and make use of feedback.