The Politics of Law and Courts

Students will attend a small number of lectures, introducing the trajectory of a research project, the use of library resources, primary and secondary material, use of citations and constructing a bibliography etc. The main experience of the module is found in the supervision process between supervisor and student, who between themselves decide on the specific plan for the research programme. The first section will involve an examination of the banker-customer relationship, including the rights and obligations of the parties in that relationship, the use of different methods of payments and remedies.

Our distance-learning and blended-learning courses and modules are self-directed and we will provide you with interactive learning opportunities and encourage you to collaborate and engage via various learning technologies. These courses involve limited or no face-to-face contact between students and module tutors. If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application. There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies.

Following on from ‘Introduction to Contract and Tort’, ‘Introduction to Property Law’ continues the study of private law by introducing students to property law. ‘Property’ is something we tend to presume we know about, and rarely examine as an idea or practice closely. Most often we use it to connote an object or ‘thing’, and presume that it has something to do with ‘ownership’ of that object; we use expressions such as, ‘This is mine,’ and often do not examine the detail of what that really means.

AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law

Companies play a critical role in modern society, as the key mechanism for the conduct of business. How companies are regulated and operate has major ramifications for the economy of a country and the wellbeing of its citizens, particularly from the viewpoint of the protection of their fundamental rights as consumers and individual human beings. The module considers specific substantive topics, such as reproductive justice, violence against women and pornography, as a means of exploring the application of feminist theory, the development of legislation, and the mobilisation of activism and campaigns. Underpinning this analysis, we will be reflecting upon the wide range of protest repertoires activists use to further the goals of the feminist movement. It will examine the effect of the legacies of British Great Power and imperial status upon its relationship to European integration.

  • We offer a variety of additional opportunities for you to prepare for your career including Legal Advice Clinics, our CLOCK initiative and legal skills competitions.
  • It gives you the opportunity to explore a number of important and controversial issues in the modern law.
  • You complete the placement with a 10-12,000-word report encompassing aspects including the rationale for the placement, a reflection on the tasks performed, and a theoretical discussion of an issue related to the placement.
  • They will gain the skills required to take a legal enquiry, interview a client, identify and research the legal issues, and advise the client on the potential outcomes available.
  • Alongside introducing legal research and methods, the module critically interrogates the underpinnings of each of the approaches used in legal research to uncover their advantages and disadvantages, and explore the connections and synergies between them.
  • On the Keele Foundation Year, you’ll study on campus, joining our community from the outset, and you will have access to a range of support.

This module deals with the main forms of business organisations both in the UK and EU, their management and contracting powers and procedures. Studying the law of Criminal Evidence will be a primary focus for all students wishing to enter the Bar or practice in criminal law more generally. This module will equip you with a sophisticated understanding of, and the ability to apply, the rules relating to the admissibility, use and appreciation of evidence in criminal trials. This module will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key principles and jurisprudence underpinning UK company law.

A level

You’ll study both law and politics as distinct subjects, but you’ll consider where they intersect as disciplines. This programme is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board and is a qualifying law degree, offering the current professional exemptions you need to train to practise as a solicitor or barrister. It also opens up a range of other careers, some requiring further study or training, including the police, probation, prison or courts services, human rights, transnational law, central or local government, and as an assistant or researcher for an MP. Street Law is a practical, placement based law module to allow students to develop their legal skills outside the classroom, and appreciate law in society. The module is based primarily in schools groups where students work in pairs over an 8 week placement period and ‘teach’ law to young people, act as a resource for schools and their pupils, and work with schools and young people to develop subject appropriate information sessions. Building on knowledge and understanding developed in LAWS3160/LAWS5316 Introduction to Property Law and LAWS5990 Land Law, but also LAWS6500 Law of Contract and private law more generally, the module examines equity’s contributions to private law and jurisprudence.

The Politics of Migration

Media Law – This module is designed to give you an understanding of the legal issues relevant to the practice of journalism and to the mass media in general. There has, in recent years, been a perceptible increase in demand for vocationally-orientated modules among undergraduates in Northern Ireland, and there is evidence that many law students wish to acquire specialist knowledge and skills in media-related disciplines. These seminars will also provide a platform for students and academics teaching in the programme to engage in relevant interactive exercises, study visits and public engagement work. Activities will include attendance in research seminars, public debates, film screenings, exhibitions, and other events of interest to Law, Politics and human rights, at Goldsmiths and in the city.


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