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Historical Development of the Common Law

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 4
Module lead
Anna Anderson
Academic year

Module overview

The 'Historical Development of the Common Law' module tells the story of the Common Law and its major developments through a study of some of its most prominent personalities, historical moments and decisive cases. The module charts the development and growth of law from its earliest beginnings in Anglo-Saxon England, through its various transformations, up to the present day - from the earliest extant code of the reign of King Aethelbert of Kent, through Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, and on through the great constitutional crises and conflicts of the seventeenth century. The emergence of civil liberties and the protection of universal human rights, as well as the troublesome relationship between people and power, freedom and authority, are all brought to life through a study of some of the field's most important historical moments, personalities and cases. Selected works from across the field help to frame these discussions and provide an inspiring and entertaining means through which essential legal skills are encouraged and taught.