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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3040: English Legal History

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to studying English Legal History;
  • The changing constitution;
  • Religion and the law;
  • Criminal Behaviour and criminal justice;
  • Migration and minorities
  • Marriage, divorce and child custody disputes;
  • Land Ownership and Property Transfer;
  • Contracts and torts;
  • Charities and trusts;
  • Inheritance;
  • The Poor Law;
  • The legal profession;
  • Women’s status and rights;
  • The changing social, economic and political background;
  • Changing perceptions of the past: how legal history has been written and who has written it.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3015 x 2-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity84 x 2-hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity168 x 2-hour workshops
Guided Independent Study40Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study10Preparation for presentations
Guided Independent Study40Preparation for workshops
Guided Independent Study15Preparing essay plan
Guided independent study85Conducting research and writing essay
Guided Independent Study24Writing reflective journal (1 hour per week)
Guided Independent study32Wider reading to consolidate knowledge from lectures

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

There are many databases of original legal historical sources, which will be indicated throughout the module.

Other Learning Resources

Full reading lists for the course are given in a bound volume of module materials distributed at the beginning of the module.