What you will study
Through study on this 30-credit module you will develop a number of important postgraduate legal skills. You will be encouraged to debate, discuss and evaluate legal concepts and ideas. You will explore issues such as the debate surrounding criminal responsibility of children, regulation of medical professionals, measures to tackle international corruption and decision-making for adults who lack mental capacity.
You will use online sources to identify, access, assess and evaluate relevant information. This evaluation will include consideration of the rigour and validity of the chosen information sources and their relevance. You will also engage in online debate and individual reflection.
Through your studies you will develop and maintain a critical awareness of contemporary legal literature, research and developments. You will learn to synthesise and apply legal principles in a logical and competent manner, enabling you to present a coherent, well-organised, reasoned argument. You will also demonstrate an awareness of the context of law, critically evaluate the need for law reform, identify, interpret and understand key legal rules, concepts and principles applicable across a wide range of legal areas. Together these will enable you to develop the depth and richness of thinking and understanding expected of postgraduate students in this area.
W820 is delivered online as it is seeking to develop postgraduate legal research and information literacy skills. Throughout your studies the different legal areas will also be used to explore legal meaning and enable you to look at law from different perspectives. Your studies will enable you to explore and utilise a range of skills to develop your understanding of legal perspectives, interpretation and meaning.
The module will be accessed online through a dedicated website. It will be possible to download the study materials and read them offline but many of the activities will require you to work online. You will be required to undertake online research. Access to the OU Library and online legal databases are provided as an integral part of W820. You will also have access to the Master of Laws (LLM) website.
Tuition will be conducted through online forums. Here students and tutors will contribute to the discussion, debate, exploration and evaluation of relevant research and legal perspectives. Participation in online tutorials forms part of the module assessment.
You can take this module on its own or as a module of our Master of Laws qualification.