Criminal Law (20 credits)
This module provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts & principles of criminal law covering a wide range of issues & offences. It examines the reasoning behind categorisation of criminal offences & the relevant defences. It also provides the reasoning underpinning the State’s power over individual citizens & the sanctions available for crimes committed.
English Legal Institution and Methods (20 credits)
(compulsory for LLB students only)
This module aims to introduce the theoretical and practical aspects of the English legal system and English and European legal method. It aims that students reach competency in the range of intellectual, research, reasoning, ICT and communication skills that are key to the successful study of law. It is designed to do this through engagement with practical exercises, clinic simulations, critiquing proposals for legislation and deconstructing the language of law. It aims also to introduce English legal institutions and the legal system they are part of and engage students with the critical evaluation of these institutions and the legal system, its financing, its institutions and its personnel.
Contract Law (20 credits)
This module provides an introduction into formation of a valid contract, what are their terms & what can happen in case of vitiating factors affecting the obligations under the contract. It considers statutory & common law approaches to contracts, from a purchase of a chocolate bar to multi-million pound deals. It provides a good understanding of law in a socio-economic context.
Introduction to Dispute Resolution (20 credits)
(compulsory for LLB students only)
This module introduces students to a broad theoretical understanding of the different aspects of dispute resolution as applicable to the English Legal System. It has a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution and incorporates a comparative element. The module focuses on an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to dispute resolution as well as the appropriateness of when to use them.
Constitutional Law (20 credits)
This module focuses on exploring the system of public law in the UK. It includes a study of the nature and importance of the constitution, role of the Monarch and Parliament and the balance of power. The module introduces legal thought and analysis towards examining the relationship between the citizen and the state.
Critical Approaches to Law (20 credits)
(Compulsory for LLB students only)
The module aims to introduce students to critical legal theories. Students will develop a basic theoretical understanding of how law, society and the studies of different relevant theories provide the context the legal profession and legal studies require for their analysis of relevant matters. The module will also offer a critical perspective of the legal system as well as the implications to society from a national as well as international level. Students will consider the challenge and risks of law as a positive force for change or as a form of control.
Administrative Law (20 credits)
This module further examines aspects of the system of public law in the UK. Administrative Law looks into the principles of judicial review, the process used by courts to determine the validity or invalidity of governmental departments, local councils and other public bodies decisions and actions. It considers the controls on governmental decision as well as the ways in which citizen's legal rights can limit governmental action.
Law of Tort (20 credits)
A tort is a civil wrong against protected interests, and the module will look at aspects such as negligence, nuisance, the various forms of liability, e.g. vicarious, primary, occupier’s liability, etc., trespass (to the person and to land), defamation, the misuse of private information and the remedies available. Also, the role of policy and public interest in context of Torts will be examined
Property Law (20 credits)
This module provides students with an introduction to Law in relation to property and the relevant ideas at equity and common law. It examines rights relevant to property and land ownership, how they are acquired, held and abolished. Property Law will offer you an understanding of proprietary interests, the related legal framework & the effected social values
Theory of Dispute Resolution (20 credits)
(compulsory for LLB students only) (Introduction to Dispute Resolution is a prerequisite)
This module aims to provide students with a more practical understanding of the theoretical aspects of different processes available for resolving disputes within the English Legal System, including litigation and methods of alternative dispute resolution including: negotiation, mediation and arbitration as well as considering aspects of international conflict resolution. It also offers an opportunity to develop and practice some of the techniques of dispute resolution under the supervision and guidance of members of academic staff.
European Law (20 credits)
United Kingdom’s membership of the EU and the future of that relationship is now of the outmost importance. For the past few decades the development and application of EU law has been directly relevant to English law and the Courts. This module covers the law regulating the internal market within the EU; the free movement of persons and goods. It will help you develop and improve a highly relevant academic and practical understanding of EU law and its on-going significance
Equity and Trusts (20 credits)
This module builds on the aspects studied previously in Property Law. It critically examines the law and policy regarding the development and role of equity. Equity & Trusts focuses on trustee obligations, equitable remedies as well as the relationship between equity & the common law. It engages with the interaction of equity, trusts and land through consideration of the political, cultural, social and economic implications.
Likely optional modules
Civil and Commercial Mediation (20 credits)
The principal aim of this module is to provide students with a practical understanding of the way in which disputes within the civil justice and commercial sectors can be resolved using alternative approaches, particularly mediation and negotiation.
Corporate Law (20 credits)
This module focuses on the framework within which a company exists and how a company can operate within the national as well as international level. The module allows the student the understanding to identify legal issues and problems that arise through the use of a company and how to deal with them from a practical legal perspective throughout the life of a company from incorporation to liquidation.
Cyber Law (20 credits)
This module aims to enable students to achieve an in-depth understanding of the main related legal principles underlying the relationship of online environment and technology to the law. The module will encourage students to engage in critical analysis in relation to regulation of the internet and show awareness of past, contemporary and future developments in the area.
Jurisprudence (20 credits)
This module focuses on allowing students to develop their critical reflection on the nature of law, the central issues of philosophy of law and the concepts and techniques used in the operation of the legal system. Topics to be covered may include the relationship between law and moral code, the idea of natural law, justice, liberty, and extent of legal authority.
Mooting & Advocacy Skills (20 credits)
Mooting & Advocacy is a module which offers valuable practical experience. The module provides students with the opportunity to engage with court room advocacy and there is an emphasis on mooting. A ‘moot’ or ‘mooting’ is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem; this module offers the closest experience to appearing in court that a student can have whilst at university.
Employment Law (20 credits)
The module aims at providing students with a practical knowledge of the interaction between law and the employment relationship with an emphasis on the contractual aspects of employment and the effects of statutory duties imposed on parties. This is achieved by examining the law governing the employment relationship including the nature of the common law contract of employment and the statutory framework applicable to modern employment.
Family Law (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide a good understanding of the existing legal provisions dealing with family relationships. It also introduces some of legal, moral, social and political debates which inform the substantive content of this area of the law. The module focuses on the challenges raised by the changing nature of family life in contemporary society and examines whether the law has responded adequately to these changes.
International Law (20 credits)
In an increasingly globalised world, there are fewer and fewer areas of law and practice that do not involve some form of international law. This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamental nature, structure, legal sources and concepts of international law, alongside a selection of its core rules. The students will focus on the developments over the past two decades, where international law has been increasingly applied before national courts, especially in common law jurisdictions such as the UK, and frequently influences the outcome of litigation.
International Justice and Human Rights (20 credits)
In this module students will identify and focus on how international human rights law works and the multifaceted implications it has. The course will offer insight to the history and philosophical foundations of human rights, as well as an appreciation of how human rights operate within a national as well as international legal system.
Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
This module aims to provide general knowledge and understanding of Intellectual Property Law. The focus will be on copyright law, patent law, trade mark law and confidential information. The module further aims to provide a detailed knowledge and understanding of the legislation and case law relating to these areas of intellectual property law, while offering a comprehensive understanding of the policy issues relating in intellectual property laws and its development in the UK and in the internationally.
Medical Law (20 credits)
This module offer an introduction to the ethical and legal principles of the regulation of certain aspects of healthcare and the interaction of new medical technologies and law. The focus will be on topics such as consent to medical treatment, the regulation of assisted conception services, abortion and euthanasia. The module aims to deepen students’ ability to analyse medical law and enable them to apply ethical reasoning to legal and medical dilemmas.
Women and Crime (20 credits)
The aim(s) of the module are to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system by examining it in the context of gender. It aims to consider how the criminal law defines, enforces and punishes both crimes against women and crimes committed by women. It will also reflect on why some behaviours have not been criminalised. To enable students to engage in critical analysis, this module aims to provide students with an understanding of feminist criminological theories and aim to develop students’ oral presentation skills.
You can also choose to complete an Individual Study (Dissertation) module on a legal topic based on an area of your own interest.