LW3006 - Project: Lives, Trials and the Law

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to build on your understanding of wider legal issues, gained in previous modules and to provide an opportunity to further enhance your skills and Academic practices. You will use this module to identify and explore key cases and events in the Law which will illuminate the law in its social, historical, and ethical guises. The module will develop the skills which lawyers are expected to demonstrate, such as being able identify, select and evaluate diverse sources of legal information, critically examine and appraise a specific area of Law. Further, in producing a coherent, independent research project you will also demonstrate the ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis and to communicate your findings efficiently and effectively both orally and in writing.

How will I learn on this module?

The module has two main teaching and learning approaches. Lectures which are intended to help give you preliminary understanding of key cases alongside its wider significance. The initial lecture will introduce you to the the module and provide an introduction to legal research. Following lectures will sequentially focus on one of 4 significant cases or events first providing the history and the narrative of the facts of the case and then in the follow up lecture moving on to the legal consequences of the case, both immediately after and in contemporary society.

Workshops will go into detail on the cases discussed in lectures with students having done further reading as part of their preparation. Workshops will draw out the context of the cases further.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module leader and the workshop supervisors will provide support for this module. Lectures are recorded on this module and made available to you. This allows you to access and digest the lecture materials post-lecture at your own pace, and review and revise the lecture material on a variety of platforms and devices. The workshops provide you with regular opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on your progress and understanding.

This module is supported with an e-Learning Portal site. This site stores for you the lecture materials, the lecture recordings and supplementary seminar materials. The site is also the springboard for you to access a variety of e-Learning resources including videos, documentaries and radio broadcasts using the “Box of Broadcasts” Library service.

The module’s Online Reading List can be reached through the e-Learning Portal. This list provides you with a single comprehensive list of links from which to access all of the module’s eBooks, news resources and directed learning academic articles.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• You will be able to identify, select and evaluate sources of legal information and apply this to a project [LO1]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• You will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesise in the context of a piece of independent work. [LO2]

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• You will display through a research project a developing curiosity about Law [LO3]

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback
On an on-going basis tutors will give you feedback on exercises you complete and track your progress through the module.

The module will be assessed through your completed research project on a case. [LO1, LO2, LO3]





Module abstract

This module will equip you with a range of skills which will support your development as a student who is thirsty to learn about the law and investigate its implications for legal developments and wider society. In using a student-centred approach to teaching you will generate ideas and develop your legal curiosity around 4 important legal decisions. You will be encouraged to contribute to discussion within your workshops and to begin to engage in important levels of critical thinking which are key to developing the skills required to think like a lawyer.

This module also takes a holistic and reflective approach to your learning, with you conducting independent research with the support of supervisory workshops. You will engage with legal sources, stories and research methods. You will be encouraged to reflect on your work and consider how you might apply your newly honed skills beyond this module.

Course info

UCAS Code M757

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study Foundation year followed by a further 3 or 4 years full-time study

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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