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Foundations in Law II - LAW00007C

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sue Westwood
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

The module is compulsory for all students at Stage 1 of the LLB 3 Year; LLB 2 Year Senior Status; LLB with Year Abroad; MLaw. The module provides builds on the basic introduction to the 'core' subject areas of legal learning, namely Criminal Law; European Law; Obligations (Contract, Tort and Restitution); Property Law (Land Law and Equity); Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law) and on the connections between those subject areas, from Foundations in Law 1. Students develop a broader and progressively deeper understanding of those subject areas, through problem-based learning and associated activities. For assessment, students submit a written task and undertake an examination, which, between them, will require appropriate breadth of engagement across the subject areas.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module enables you to continue to develop and deepen your understanding of key legal institutions, key areas of law (the 'core' subject areas of Criminal Law; European Law; Obligations (Contract, Tort and Restitution); Property Law (Land Law and Equity); Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law), and the relationships between and among them. You will build on the skills associated with problem-based learning, which you started to develop in Foundations in Law 1. You will continue to develop, and to evidence through your oral and written communication, key skills associated with legal scholarship, including those relating to the undertaking of research, the development of reasoned arguments, the use of evidence, and the practice of critical evaluation. You will also continue to reflect on the development of your learning, and to consider strategies and techniques for developing your competence as a scholar.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you should be able to 1. Demonstrate a positive contribution to your learning and development, and those of others, by regular attendance and active participation in learning activities in Foundations PBL workshops; 2. Communicate with clarity and precision, orally and in writing, with student and staff colleagues, about issues relevant to law; 3. Undertake, describe and reflect on research tasks relevant to law; 4. Describe and explain key legal institutions, key areas of law, the relationships between and among them, and interests, perspectives and contexts relevant to law; 5. Analyse and evaluate the legal issues in a range of scenarios, and suggest solutions to legal problems; 6. Develop reasoned argument and practise critical evaluation in relation to law; 7. Reflect and draw conclusions on the development of your learning, and use them to develop plans for future learning.

Module content

Learning in this module builds directly on that in Foundations in Law 1, and feeds forward to Foundations in Law 3 and 4 (Stage 2).

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Essay
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Foundations in Law II - Exam 1
1.5 hours 25
University - closed examination
Foundations in Law II - Exam 2
1.5 hours 25

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Formative opportunities available through simulated examination activities, in which students can, with support, scrutinise, respond to and discuss a practice examination paper. Opportunities to generate and discuss items related to PBL activities, which will feed forward into portfolio for 'Foundations in Law - Portfolio and Reflections: Year 1' module.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Essay
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Foundations in Law II - Exam 1
1.5 hours 25
University - closed examination
Foundations in Law II - Exam 2
1.5 hours 25

Module feedback

Ongoing feedback on progress in PBL. Feedback and input also available through Junior Partner (student mentor) involvement in some module activities.

Indicative reading

Foundations in Law 1 forms part of the problem-based learning component of the law undergraduate programmes. PBL does not involve the use of 'reading lists' in the conventional sense. A range of OUP texts relating to legal institutions, and the 'core' subject areas of legal learning, namely Criminal Law; European Law; Obligations (Contract, Tort and Restitution); Property Law (Land Law and Equity); Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law) are available to students through the Law Trove resource to which YLS subscribes. The Foundations in Law suite of modules integrates subject-content from a number of existing modules: Criminal Law; European Union Law; Obligations 1; Obligations 2; Property Law 1; Property Law 2; Public Law 1; Public Law 2. The texts associated with those modules would also be associated with Foundations in Law (1-4).



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.