LW209-6-SP-CO:
Current Issues in Public Law

The details
2020/21
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
18 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
LW103
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Key module for

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Module description

This module builds on Foundations of Public Law. The research-led teaching for this module provides insights into several areas of public law that are not always available in standard texts and are designed to enable detailed consideration of issues that are of current importance and the subject of research within the School of Law.

Module aims

This module builds on LW103 Foundations of Public Law and examines in depth some of the key current issues in Public Law. With this mind, the topics on the syllabus will be approached flexibly and may be adjusted from year to year.

For 2019-20 we’ll be examining: the State of the Union, devolution and independence; the constitutional implications of Brexit; the current state of human rights protection and whether this is in need of reform; and the question whether the UK should codify the constitution.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

• in-depth understanding and critical appreciation of several areas of public law

• understanding of how principles of public law function in different contexts

• appreciation of socio-legal and comparative methods

• ability to identify and use a variety of primary and secondary source materials

• ability to devise a research question, carry out and reflect on the process of undertaking a small-scale research project into a topic of public law, with limited guidance.


Module information

There are two versions of this module. It is important you know which one you are enrolled in as the learning outcomes and assessment differ, as explained below.

The reading, lectures and seminars are the same for both versions.

Learning and teaching methods

This module consists of weekly lectures. Each week, the module teaching team will first produce and make available on Moodle two 25-minute pre-recorded video lectures. The module teaching team will then deliver a weekly live 50-minute lecture in which they further explore key legal concepts and answer your questions about the topics. These lectures will subsequently be available online through Moodle so that you can re-watch them as part of your independent study. Alongside this, there will be five bi-weekly 50-minute small group tutorials. The module teaching team will also produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. These notes will introduce both the material to be covered in lectures and the readings that must be completed in advance of each tutorial. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures and to analyse set readings.

You will be expected to have completed required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss both the material covered in lectures and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts. To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular Multiple-Choice Quizzes on Moodle. The quizzes will be based on the reading set for that week so that the quiz forms part of your preparation for each tutorial. The quizzes will enable you to track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Formative Assignment    0% 
Coursework   Summative Assignment    80% 
Practical   Multiple Choice Quizzes    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tom Flynn, email: t.flynn@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Tom Flynn, Dr Anna Hardiman-McCartney
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Joseph Tomlinson
University of York
Senior Lecturer in Public Law
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 20 (55.6%) hours available to students:
16 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Law (School of)

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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