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Law

Course Summary

When you study on our Law course you will learn highly-valued skills in areas such as critical analysis and the ability to research, synthesise and transform information. The core modules of Law I and Law II will provide you with a broad foundation in Law, covering topics such as misrepresentation, Law of Tort and Human Rights. These modules are supported by an academic skills module and an optional module to be selected from History, Politics and International Relations or Criminology. Each module has been developed by an academic based at the University of Warwick, who is a specialist in the field.

A combination of lectures, seminars and discursive classes will provide the academic framework and will be complemented by a range of other activities such as case studies, open-ended questions and critical reasoning. This environment nurtures confidence in the value of creative thinking, and through constant practice, both communication and debating skills are enhanced.

You will have plenty of contact with the staff who teach you with 19 hours of contact time per week and up to 4 hours per week of English Language. This will leave any remaining time for independent learning, researching and preparing for assessments, lectures and seminars. Assessments will take a variety of different forms allowing you to demonstrate the range of skills.

Successful completion of this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for admission to a Law degree at a Russell Group university.

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Core Module

Law 1: Tort and Contract Law

The aim of this module is to enable students to explore theoretical aspects of Tort and Contract Law and to put problem-solving, reasoning and effective communication techniques into practice. These two topic areas capture the majority of ‘civil’ disputes in Common Law. Special attention will be paid to the development of research skills, particularly in the use of statutes, cases and other legal materials.

Law 2: Constitutional Law

This module aims to develop an understanding of the English legal system, exploring the English judicial system in addition to taking a more comprehensive look at the significance and status of different types of legislation, the agencies for Law reform and the role of the European Court of Human Rights. As students progress through the module, research skills, particularly in the use of statutes, cases and other legal materials, will become increasingly sophisticated.

Academic Skills

Academic skills are strategies and techniques that enable students to make the most efficient use of their time and to reach their academic potential. This dynamic module will provided students with strategies and skills such as structuring arguments, decoding questions and providing peer-review feedback to prepare for degree-level study and beyond.

Elective Units (Students must select one of the following)

History

The aim of this module is to encourage students to think reflectively and critically about the nature of the historical discipline. You will be able to apply your analytical and critical-thinking skills in order to question assumptions, evaluate the reliability of historical sources and evidence, and compare propositions. Students will examine some of the major themes and approaches in History, reviewing new methods, theories and ways of communicating History in the twenty-first century.

Criminology

Criminology is more than just the study of committing crimes; it is the understanding of how crime affects society as a whole. This module will introduce students to Criminology as a discipline and will equip participants with a wide range of skills such as effective research, the ability to apply criminological theory to the assessment of the criminal justice system, and evaluating media representations of crime and the perceptions they generate.

Politics and International Relations

This module will introduce students to the fundamental aspects of the academic discipline of Politics. Students will discover the relative merits of the main approaches in international relations and how they can be applied to contemporary issues globally whilst also unearthing the political ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. Students will develop a wide range of analytical and practical skills including the ability to conduct research, debate and construct reasoned arguments, all of which will be invaluable in preparing for degree-level study and beyond.

Please note that elective modules will not operate if fewer than ten (10) students opt to study the unit. In the event that an elective unit is unable to run, students will be required to opt for a different elective taught within the course. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.