Criminal Law (20 credits)
This module aims to develop a competent knowledge and understanding of the key principles and concepts of criminal law. Students will need to become acquainted with the basic principles and elements of criminal law and the ways in which criminal liability arises in a range of contexts. The socio-political context of criminal law will also be explored to interrogate the inter-relationships between politics and law. The course will also be situated in its criminal justice context and discrete elements of the overarching triangulation between criminal justice, criminal law and legal process will be signalled.
English Legal System (20 credits) Subject to validation*
The aims of this module are to introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of the English legal system, including the relationship between English law and the law of the European Union. It aims to introduce students to the core 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 it is part of. This module will also introduce students to the increasing importance of alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation, conciliation, and arbitration. Throughout the module, there will be an emphasis on viewing the legal system in its broader social context, with consideration of social, political, moral, and economic issues and the way these interrelate with law.
Law in Society (20 credits) Subject to validation*
The aims of this module are to enable students to take part in workplace-based learning through applying for and securing a placement, to gain an understanding of how law operates in wider society, both in legal practice and in the voluntary sector, and to enable students to gain a broad range of skills that will assist them in their future employment. The module will introduce students to the broader social context of law, including the work undertaken by legal professionals such as solicitors and barristers, and the role played by the third sector, such as charities and legal advice clinics.
Introduction to Obligations (20 credits) Subject to validation*
This new L4 module will act as an introduction to the study of contract and tort and set them in the wider framework of the common law of obligations. The main aim will be to introduce students to key concepts in the separate disciplines of contract and tort. However, the module will also highlight the interplay between contract, tort and restitution in order to demonstrate the significance in practice of these distinct branches of the law of obligations.
Contract Law (20 credits)
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and structure of the law of contract. It seeks to promote a critical and reflective approach to both the theory and practice of modern contract law, and in so doing, the ability to respond critically and analytically to the complex legal arguments espoused in the case law. In light of this, the module also aims to facilitate student’s abilities to engage in problem solving through the application of case law and statute to set situations.
Dispute Resolution (20 credits and compulsory for LLB students only)
This module introduces students to a broad theoretical and practical understanding of the different aspects of dispute resolution as applicable to the English legal system. It has a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution.
Public Law 1 (20 credits) * Subject to validation
This module aims to provide an understanding of the constitution of the United Kingdom, explaining the major institutions within this system and the major constitutional doctrines governing the United Kingdom. The students are introduced to the concepts of Human and Fundamental Rights and should gain a critical understanding of the ways the laws they examine in other modules are made.
Public Law 2 (20 credits) * Subject to validation
This module aims to offer students a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law. Administrative law is the study of the control of governmental power and examines the role of legal intervention. The module therefore promotes a critical and reflective approach to both the theory and practice of modern administrative law. This enables the student to respond critically and analytically to the complex legal issues arising from regulation of administrative practice and judicial review. Thus, the module aims to facilitate student’s abilities to understand how the law regulates and facilitates administrative action.
Law of Tort (20 credits)
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and structure of the law of torts. The main aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts underpinning the study of the law of tort, furthering their knowledge in law of Torts following the Introduction to Obligations.
Land Law (20 credits) * Name change from Property Law
The module aims to provide students with a sound and critical knowledge and understanding of the legal rules and policy governing property in England and Wales. The module aims to engage in a holistic critical discussion of the age-old problems, paradoxes and choices confronting every legal and political system in the regulation of ownership of corporeal and incorporeal things. In particular, the module will focus on the implications and issues surrounding ownership of land.
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 upon the knowledge and understanding of Property Law gained in the second year. It adopts a critical approach to the study of equity. It aims to provide students with a sound grasp of the rules, principles and concepts relating to equity and trusts, by looking first at the historical development of principles of equity and the application of equitable remedies before moving on to consider the substantive law governing trusts.
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.
Commercial Law (20 credits) * Subject to validation
This builds upon the skills and information obtained in other modules, particularly Contract law. As well as developing existing expertise and knowledge, it gives students an opportunity to acquire expertise in new specialist areas. This expertise should be useful to students in the world of work. Students will gain an understanding of the law relating to commercial agreements and will develop the ability to analyse and synthesis information from a number of primary and secondary sources
Corporate Law (20 credits)
This module aims to enable students to achieve an in-depth understanding of the main legal principles underlying to the corporate (company) form of business organisation. This module will also allow the students to identify and apply relevant case law and statutes to practical situations; in this sense, the students will be able to critically examine issues within corporate (company) law and its relationship and application to situations, which arise within the commercial and corporate world.
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.
International Law (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an understanding of the interactions between public international law and international relations by explaining these areas from a critical perspective focussing on their reality, impact and effects on national life.
Labour Law (20 credits)* name change from Employment Law
The module aims at providing students a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of the interaction between law and the employment relationship. It has a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution.
Tax Law (20 credits) * Subject to validation
The module examines the basics of the operation and application of tax law through the operation of the four principal taxes. It is not a course on taxation as such. After considering how tax law originated and its current physiology, the module will look at the two major revenue-raising taxes; the charge to income tax, on employees and self-employed taxpayers and VAT. It will then turn to the two principal taxes on capital: capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Emphasis will be on the construction and application of the taxing statutes in modern life.
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 the 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.
Comparative Criminal Law (20 credits) * Subject to validation
This module introduces students to a broad theoretical and practical understanding of the ways in which different legal systems approach the allocation of criminal responsibility and punishment to both natural and legal persons. This module challenges students to consider, question and evaluate the manifold ways different legal systems define substantive criminal law and the criminal process.
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 offers 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 of the module is 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 it aims 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.