Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1022: Legal Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with a broad and critical understanding of the structure and functions of the English legal system. It will ensure that you have a fundamental understanding of the nature and methods of law and academic legal study in order to provide you with a sound basis for studying other undergraduate law modules. In addition the module will allow you to gain further insight into an aspect of law through a group project based in the community.

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. Describe and analyse the basic organisation and structure of the English legal system and be aware of current developments;
2. Identify and critically evaluate some of the main principles underlying the legal institutions and the legal professionals and lay people who interact with them;
3. Analyse a variety of legal sources and develop an understanding of legal reasoning and its application
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Understand how the legal system and the law within it operates;
5. Evaluate and apply this understanding from a range of different perspectives relating to the legal system;
6. Use and apply both theoretical knowledge and practical experience to a legal or other law-related community project.
Personal and Key Skills7. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills;
8. Use and apply library-based and community-based research skills;
9. Demonstrate the ability to work with others as part of a team
10. Reflect upon your own skills development;
11. Apply time management skills by preparing a written group project to strict deadlines