Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW3040: English Legal History
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
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;
- 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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||30||15 x 2-hour lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||8||4 x 2-hour seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||16||8 x 2-hour workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||40||Seminar preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||10||Preparation for presentations|
|Guided Independent Study||40||Preparation for workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||15||Preparing essay plan|
|Guided independent study||85||Conducting research and writing essay|
|Guided Independent Study||24||Writing reflective journal (1 hour per week)|
|Guided Independent study||32||Wider reading to consolidate knowledge from lectures|
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.