Course Aims: The overriding aim of the course is to examine, through the use of case-studies, the varying role played by law in wider society. By considering current legal problems facing society and the related ethical, economic and social arguments, the complexities associated with the regulation of certain aspects of society are considered.
Main Learning Outcomes: Students would be exposed at an early stage of their legal career to a broad range of legal topics and the associated economic, moral and ethical arguments. It is hoped that this would enthuse students at the outset of their studies thus demonstrating that law was not a static body of rules but a mechanism for facilitating and inspiring change in all aspects of our society. It will also draw attention to what the law can and cannot do i.e. what are the limits of the law? Subject-Specific Skills and Concepts
Students should be able to:
Key Skills (Transferable)
- Retrieve up-to-date information, legal and non-legal, using paper and electronic sources.
- Use a variety of sources, legal and non-legal, to support arguments and conclusions.
- Present arguments for and against propositions.
- Think critically and make critical judgements on the merits of particular arguments and solutions and make choices as to the most preferable.
- recognise, analyse, and rank arguments and evidence in terms of relevance and importance.
- Bring together, integrate and synthesise information and materials from a variety of different sources, which explore policy and ethical issues.
- Communicate orally and in writing tailored to the intended audience.
- Display informed knowledge and understanding of the social, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law operates.
Students will be able to:
- Communicate orally and in writing.
- Work independently and manage time in the performance of tasks.
- Critically analyse.
- Argue logically and synthesise and organise complex materials.
- Conduct oral presentations.
- Make appropriate use of technology in research, writing and oral presentations.
- Reflect on own learning and to seek and make use of feedback.
Content: The case-studies covered in the course would fall under the following two broad themes: Regulation and Citizens; and Regulation and Commerce.