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Foundations in Law IV - LAW00040I

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Mhairi Morter
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module considers core areas of law: criminal law; European Union Law; the law of Obligations; Property Law; Public Law. These are the foundations of legal knowledge associated with progression to the legal professions.

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, to an advanced level, 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 and 2. 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

(i) contribute constructively to the effective functioning of a student law firm in the context of problem-based learning;

(ii) communicate with high levels of clarity and precision, orally and in writing, with student and staff colleagues, about issues relevant to law;

(iii) undertake, describe and reflect on advanced research tasks relevant to law;

(iv) describe and explain, at an advanced level, key legal institutions, key areas of law, the relationships between and among them, and interests, perspectives and contexts relevant to law;

(v) develop reasoned argument and practise critical evaluation at an advanced level in relation to law

(vi) reflect in depth and draw conclusions on the development of your learning, and use them to develop plans for future learning; and

(vii) 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.

Module content

Learning in this module builds directly on that in Foundations in Law 1 and 2 (Stage 1), and complements Foundations in Law 3 (Stage 2).


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (7 day week)
Foundations in Law IV
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Formative opportunities available through simulated assessment activities, in which students can, with support, scrutinise, respond to and discuss assessment tasks. Opportunities to generate and discuss items related to PBL activities, which will feed forward into portfolio for 'Foundations in Law - Portfolio and Reflections: Year 2' module.


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (7 day week)
Foundations in Law IV
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual feedback at end of Summer term. Opportunities for review of performance at start of following academic year.

Indicative reading

Foundations in Law IV 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 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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