LW0LAW-Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:F
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Susan Breau

Email: s.c.breau@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
To prepare students for undergraduate programmes which involve the study of law by providing a grounding in the main principles of English law and the structure of the English legal system.

Aims:
To prepare students for undergraduate programmes which involve the study of law by providing a grounding in the main principles of English law and the structure of the English legal system.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure, personnel and functions of the English legal system and the law of negligence and contract;

  • Show evidence of the ability to apply techniques of ordered thinking and the skills necessary to analyse and solve legal problems;

  • Communicate legal arguments clearly and succinctly and to draw appropriate conclusions;

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the changing nature of law in society.

Additional outcomes:
The development of library and research skills and the ability to make use of available resources.

Outline content:
The module begins with an introduction to some basic principles of the constitution: sources, parliamentary sovereignty; the rule of law; separation of powers. These principles provide a background to a more detailed study of the English legal system: sources of law to include the legislative process, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, common law and equity, EU law, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998; institutions and process to include civil and criminal proceedings, the hierarchy of the courts, the judiciary and the jury.

Two areas of substantive law are included, the law of contract and the law of negligence. The module introduces students to the principles of formation of a contract: offer, acceptance, intention, consideration and privity. The study of the law of negligence is more detailed and includes duty of care, breach, causation and remoteness of damage. Duty situations are exemplified through an examination of economic loss and nervous shock.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Topics are introduced through a combination of taught classes, seminars and individual tutorials. Independent learning is encouraged through reading based on textbooks, articles and case studies. Case and statute exercises assist in the development of skills in legal reasoning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 40 44 20
Seminars 10 11 5
Tutorials 10 11 5
Guided independent study 82 81 81
       
Total hours by term 142.00 147.00 111.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 20
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Coursework made up of the following:

End of Autumn Term Exam: 5%.
Spring Term Essay Test: 10%.
End of Spring Term Exam: 5%.
Summer Term Assessed Coursework: 10%.

Total percentage of coursework: 30%

Formative assessment methods:
There is an autumn and spring test; the 2 assignments; seminar preparation - analysis of problems and concepts; debating issues in class; answering pre-seen questions on an area of law - verbally and in writing.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Two three hour written examination papers.

    Requirements for a pass:
    60% to get into a Law degree programme,
    40% to get into a non-Law degree programme.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By written examination only in August / September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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