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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW1076 An Introduction to Law: What is Law?

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Laurene Soubise

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW1030Contract Law
LAW1075Intro to Law of Obligations

Module replaces

LAW1075 Introduction to the Law of Obligations

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will provide an introduction to the study of law and some of the core areas of law, including contract law, tort law, public law and criminal law. This understanding will be applied to current legal issues in this area.


The main objective of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of law and to enable students to see the breadth of issues that law touches on. This will provide a critical understanding of the law and its role in society as well as the skills to take this study further into other discovery modules in Law. The module will provide the skills for reflective independent study and basic legal knowledge of the core areas. The module also aims to prepare students to think critically and to be confident in discussing current legal issues and problem solving.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module, student will be able to:
- demonstrate a range of key basic study skills including the ability to extract relevant legal issues from a case or scenario and define and identify solutions;
- use legal databases to search for cases and synthesise research materials;
- understand and apply appropriate legal terminology and reasoning to produce a coherent legal account of issues within the legal system;
- discuss and reflect upon an aspect of contract law, tort law, public law or criminal law and how it applies to current issues;
- provide a basic insight into the operation of the law, legal institutions and procedures of English law.


An introduction to the legal system
Contract Law
Tort Law
Criminal Law
Public Law

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours76.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1 x 1,500 word blog post on a current legal issue in one of the areas covered100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2023


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