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Foundations in Law - Portfolio & Reflections - LAW00009C

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Miss Jennifer Sands
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

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 the opportunity for students to reflect on the development of their learning in relation 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. Students generate a portfolio comprising a reflective report, and items of evidence supporting the learning claims made in the reflective report. The evidence is drawn from their substantive legal studies in Foundations in Law 2.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module provides the opportunity for you to reflect on the development of your learning in relation 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. You will generate a portfolio comprising a reflective report, and items of evidence supporting the learning claims made in the reflective report. The evidence will be drawn from your substantive legal studies in relation to the core subject areas in Foundations in Law 2. In undertaking the module, you will develop both your substantive knowledge and understanding of the law, and your capacity to reflect effectively on the development of their learning, making effective use of feedback and planning future learning.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to: 1. Describe and explain key legal rules and principles, and the relationships between and among them; 2. Describe and explain processes of legal research relevant to developing knowledge about these rules and principles; 3. Analyse and evaluate the legal issues in a range of scenarios, and suggest solutions to legal problems; 4. Develop reasoned argument and practise basic critical evaluation in relation to law; 5. Explain, at a basic level, the relevance of different perspectives on and contexts relevant to law; 6. Communicate clearly, and in accordance with scholarly norms, to an academic audience / readership; 7. Reflect, at a basic level, on the development of your learning and identify possible future learning needs and interests

Module content

The module content is drawn from your learning in Foundations in Law 2.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Reflective Portfolio
N/A 80

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Formal opportunities to discuss substantive and reflective work in progress through surgery provision; informal opportunities embedded within PBL.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Reflective Portfolio
N/A 80

Module feedback

Ongoing feedback through PBL activity and Portfolio Learning Activity sessions; surgery and plenary opportunities to discuss generation of portfolio items; etc.

Indicative reading

Key substantive legal texts are those used by students for Foundations in Law 2. Students might also benefit from engagement with the literature on reflective practice, e.g.,

Reflection in learning and professional development : theory and practice

Moon, Jennifer A.

London : Kogan Page 2000

Learning journals : a handbook for academics, students and professional development

Moon, Jennifer A.

London : Kogan Page 1999

The reflective practitioner : how professionals think in action

Schön, Donald A.

London : Ashgate c1991



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.