LW5008 - Street Law

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is based on experiential learning, or ‘learning by doing’ that allows you to learn by hands-on experience and reflecting on that experience. Street Law is a legal education programme which aims to educate members of the public on their legal rights and responsibilities. You will be presented with a problem, scenario or area of law to investigate and using an enquiry based approach you will independently and collaboratively explore, research and discuss the issue. You will then produce an artefact (such as a legal information leaflet which could be used by the public or in house) and/or deliver the findings to others (for example by the preparation and delivery of a lesson in a school or in house). You will construct your own learning goals and research objectives albeit with the needs of your audience (the members of the public benefiting from your work) in mind.

Skills employed will include research, written and oral communication including your ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner appropriate for your audience and team/group work. You will develop skills in reflective learning preparing you for the Student Law Office at level 6.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be facilitated in your learning by attendance at whole group sessions, supervised studio sessions and small group sessions (Workshops). In addition there will be opportunity for independent reading and research and group tasks. The module is Tutor-guided and facilitated and your learning will take place through a combination of collaborative (team work with a small group of students) and wholly independent, self-directed, learning.
Whole group sessions
There will be a number of whole group sessions in the form of supervised studio sessions in computer / collaborative working spaces to enable you to work in groups or independently on Workshop tasks and produce the materials necessary to deliver the final pieces of work (presentation, information leaflet etc). A tutor will be on hand to assist.
Workshops
The small group workshop exercises will cover a range of activities. Workshops will require you to demonstrate your ability to locate and make effective use of source materials. You will be expected to engage in independent and, at times, directed learning in consolidation of work done in preparation for and during Workshops. Some of the work will be group work and some will be individual work to be shared in the workshop group. You will also have an opportunity to learn how to effectively organise and communicate information orally and in writing. You will also have an opportunity to learn and showcase presentation skills.
Independent and collaborative learning
You will be required to work collaboratively with others to identify and research the needs of the audience for your final pieces of work. You will be guided in your reading and learning by the module and workshop Tutors, but you will be required to identify and find further reading material and research to provide deeper and broader knowledge and understanding.
Assessment of learning
Your learning will be assessed at the end of the Module via a portfolio containing the work you have produced throughout the module together with a reflective account of your learning. The tasks in the Workshops act as preparation for the work produced for the final assessment and you will receive formative feedback in Workshops on those tasks.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University will support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities; access to on-line databases and resources and appropriate software.
Material will be delivered to you via teaching sessions and through the eLP. The Module will have a dedicated eLP site which includes workshop instruction briefs, PowerPoint slides and links to resources. There is also a dedicated reading list.
There will also be timetabled large group sessions to provide guidance on overarching issues relating to your work. You will be taught by a workshop tutor and tutor will be available for guidance and feedback during the supervised studio sessions.

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:
At the end of the module you will be able to :

• Apply and interpret substantive and
procedural law in the wider context of
a hypothetical or actual legal case or
project.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
You will develop the skills to:

• Effectively organise and communicate information orally and/or in writing and to specialist or non-specialist audiences.

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

• Develop intellectual independence by being able to ask and answer cogent questions about law and legal systems, identify gaps in knowledge and acquire new knowledge.
• Develop independent thinking skills and curiosity.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
Feedback (oral or in writing as appropriate):
• Will be provided in Workshops on the formative tasks that are required for effective workshop participation.
• You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback in Workshops and in the supervised time in studio/workshop sessions on an ongoing basis in relation to the tasks which form part of the final assessment and relating to reflective development.

Summative assessment

Your performance will be assessed with reference to a portfolio which you will submit at the end of the module.

This portfolio will contain key pieces of work you have prepared such as research reports and artefacts (such as lesson plans, Powerpoint materials or leaflets). It will also contain a piece of reflection evidencing your learning and approach to the module.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The Street Law module will provide you with the opportunity to use and develop your legal knowledge whilst actively engaging with the community. In this module you will work independently and collaboratively on a range of tasks which may include delivering presentations in schools or community organisations or producing information leaflets all with the aim of educating the public on legal rights and responsibilities. A variety of different legal topics will be covered. You will be able to develop practical, legal and key employability skills including research, teamwork and written and oral communication skills.

Throughout this module you will receive support, guidance and feedback from tutors and peers. Your final assessment will be by portfolio containing the work produced throughout the module alongside a reflective account of your learning.

Course info

UCAS Code M101

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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