LWMTOGD-Legal Issues in Oil and Gas (DL)

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Registered for a postgraduate programme in Law or other selected PGT programmes, or with permission of the Director of PGT Studies in Law
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Jorge Guira

Email: j.m.guira@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module will introduce students to the basics of oil and gas law. The course will cover fundamental topics such as ownership of natural resources such as oil and gas, the licensing regime for oil and gas exploration and production, basic elements of oil and gas agreements, the rights and obligations of oil and gas companies, the institutional context of oil and gas exploration and production and the tortious elements of oil and gas exploration and production.

Aims:
The module is designed:
- to promote an understanding of oil and gas law.
- to promote a critical awareness of key structures, legal and policy issues related to the oil and gas industry.
- to offer an understanding, and foster a critical appreciation, of the underlying legal concepts determining policy in the oil and gas sector

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate:
-Knowledge of the key legal issues underpinning the oil and gas sector
-The ability to identify the relevant sources of oil and gas law
-A critical appreciation of ownership of natural resources such as oil and gas, the licensing regime for oil and gas exploration and production, basic elements of oil and gas agreements, the rights and obligations of oil and gas companies, the institutional context of oil and gas exploration and production and the tortious elements of oil and gas exploration and production

Additional outcomes:
The module will encourage the development of:
- High-level oral communication skills through reflective, analytical class-discussion;
- High-level writing skills through close and critical analysis of both primary and secondary source material;
- An ability to apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to practical problems that face people working in the field.

Outline content:
The module consists of the following main themes:
- legal norms of the oil and gas industry
- ownership of oil and gas resources
- licencing of oil and gas resources
- duties and rights of companies involved in the oil and gas sectors
- institutions related to the oil and gas industry

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a mixture of audio-recorded lectures and on-line tutorials.
The on-line tutorials re-create a seminar environment in a virtual space. The tutor and the students communicate in real time via audio or written messages in the chat box. Discussions will be based on tutor-provided material in order to deepen student learning and encourage engagement with the study material.

Students will also be given the opportunity to submit a formative assessment which will be marked and returned with feedback. The mark will not count towards the module total, but the feedback is intended to provide both students and tutor with the opportunity to see how they are progressing and how they can improve, if necessary.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Tutorials 8
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
1 x 15 page essay (formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules)

Formative assessment methods:
One formative assessment task which is an important component of students’ progress towards the learning outcomes of the module.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the standard University policy.
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
N/A

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme Handbook.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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