- Department: The York Law School
- Module co-ordinator: Prof. Caroline Hunter
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
- See module specification for other years: 2021-22
This module provides students with an opportunity to apply and develop further their problem-based learning skills in the context of a complex housing, welfare and immigration case study. Students will work through the scenario in student law firms carrying out a deep analysis of a range of legal, practical and ethical issues, and agreeing learning outcomes such as to develop their required knowledge across a number of areas of housing, welfare and immigration law. From their final analysis, students will individually choose to work in more depth on three different outputs - developing writing and presentation skills - of issues of their choice arising from the case study. Students will also be able to choose the perspectives, e.g., practice-focused, academic, international/comparative, socio-legal, from which they address their selected issues. Students will receive feedback from their tutor and peers on their choices of issues, outputs and perspectives, and also on their outputs as they develop them.
|Semester 1 2023-24
|Semester 2 2023-24
The module will use a complex housing, welfare and immigration case study to enable students to develop to a higher level their problem-based learning skills, particularly those of analysis and research. In addition, students will develop and apply higher level holistic knowledge of interconnected areas of housing, welfare and immigration law, and client issues, as they arise from the case study. Students will also develop written and presentation skills in producing a compact, high quality body of work, including the ability to review, edit and improve initial drafts based on peer and tutor feedback. The module will feature both collaborative and independent learning. As part of the latter, following an in-depth analysis of the case study, students will have the opportunity to choose the specific forms of written output, issues and perspectives on which they will be assessed against the module learning outcomes.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
Analyse a complex housing, welfare and immigration scenario
Identify a range of legal, contractual, practical and ethical issues arising
Explain a range of housing, welfare and immigration law concepts applicable to those issues
Prepare a detailed, critical legal and practical analysis
Evaluate legal and practical issues from a number of chosen perspectives
Write a number of varied pieces of work informed by detailed research
Present a draft of a piece of work to a conference of peers
Review peers' developing work and provide feedback, whilst receiving and acting on feedback on their own work
Edit, improve and prepare finalised versions of pieces of written work
This module develops from core PBL learning the complexity, number of issues and types of legal and other issues within case studies, to facilitate development of higher level knowledge and a range of higher-level intellectual skills, both academic and practice-focused. Within these scenarios, students will have the scope to define their own written assessment outputs, aligned to the assessment requirements and module aims and learning outcomes. Through these outputs, students will be able to demonstrate interconnected knowledge, skills, attitudes, objectivity and understanding, in a high quality, compact body of work. The latter could include any of:
The legal issues developed through the case study will include aspects of:
|% of module mark
Case study analysis
Formative work is embedded through the preparation of the assessed items as noted above. Formative feedback from tutors and peers then informs students in reviewing, editing and preparing final versions for summative assessment.
|% of module mark
Case study analysis
Students will receive feedback on development of their case study analysis from their tutor and peers during workshops in weeks 2, 3 and 4 of the module. They will then receive feedback on their written body of work - to form their final assessed portfolio - through a series of interactions with peers and tutors.
Given the problem-based learning nature of this module, the focus on research skills, and the flexibility in choice of issues and perspectives on which students can prepare their written body of work, there are no key texts for this module.