The University of Southampton
Courses

LAWS1011 Introduction to English Legal System 2

Module Overview

This programme builds on principles of law studied in the first part of the course, English Legal System 1. It runs in Semester 2 and is designed to examine more closely certain aspects of both the criminal and civil justice systems.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the course is to provide students with an insight into the workings of the criminal and civil justice systems, building on knowledge gained during the ELS1 course and examining in detail many area of controversy in both systems. Students are encouraged to develop a critical approach to understanding the issues raised and there will be scope to evaluate the effect of any recent changes in both criminal and civil justice policy as well as any proposals for further reform.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The institutions, structures and rationale of the English Legal System within the context of the law of England and Wales, as well as its relation to other legal systems especially the EU and ECHR.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the wider political and social contexts of the law, the principles and values underpinning these and their implications for legal decision making and enforcement.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Think critically and contribute to informed debate on a wide variety of legal, philosophical and social issues.
  • Locate and analyse relevant, applicable sources of law and relate these to solve problems or offer advice.
  • Construct and defend an argument and communicate it both orally and in writing.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify where to locate specific sources of law (primary and secondary), interpret and apply it.
  • Develop your ability to assess and comment critically.
  • Demonstrate your ability to locate, identify, use and apply diverse sources of legally relevant material.

Syllabus

1. Police powers in the investigation of crime. 2. The accountability of the police. 3. The role of the Crown Prosecution Service. 4. Plea Bargaining. 5. Jury trials. 6. Sentencing policy. 7. The role of the prisons in the criminal justice system. 8. Reform of the civil justice system. 9. Alternatives to formal legal action in the resolution of disputes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The course comprises one weekly lecture and one weekly tutorial. Lectures comprise the background of the particular subject to be studied. A handout of material is provided each week at the start of the lecture and placed on Blackboard after it. A tutorial on the relevant topic is held following the lecture. Students will have been alerted to specific issues to be addressed and given appropriate reading either from the prescribed textbook, other recommended books or articles from academic journals. Teaching methods include: One lecture and one tutorial per week, offering an opportunity for detailed discussion of specific question relating to the broader issues covered by the lectures. Both the lecture and tutorial provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. Learning activities include: Attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory. Contribution to the content of both is encouraged, interruptions during the lectures for questions or comments are welcomed. Tutorials include group and individual analysis of specific topics which are then discussed by the whole group.

TypeHours
Tutorial8
Wider reading or practice24
Follow-up work4
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Revision24
Lecture10
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Martin (2010). The English Legal System. 

Huxley-Binns and Martin (2014). Unlocking the English Legal System. 

Slapper and Kelly (2010). English Law. 

Assessment

Formative

Tutorial

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 50%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
LAWS1010Introduction to English Legal System Part 1

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Share this module Facebook Google+ Twitter Weibo

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×