• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
This OU level 1 Law - concepts and perspectives module from The Open University UK is taught entirely online and builds your knowledge of the concepts of law, law making and the legal skills gained in An introduction to law (W101).
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This Law - concepts and perspectives module from The Open University UK  considers a range of key legal principles and concepts and the role they play in modern society. It looks at different legal systems and traditions and considers the role and place of international law. You'll work through the module using a blend of online text materials, audio, video, and interactive online activities.

Vocational relevance

The module develops vocationally orientated skills that are transferable to the job market: good written and communication skills; reaching reasoned conclusions; critical thinking; ability to analyse, synthesise, reflect on and present arguments; and problem solving and evaluating issues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What you will study
  • The module explores the wider role of law in society and the international community by considering different legal systems and traditions. It considers civil law, common law and national systems and discusses the nature of legal obligations.
  • Having set the wider context the module then explores the nature and role of a justice system. This is done by consideration of criminal and civil justice systems, their role, purpose, operation and function. 
  • The key concepts of rights and responsibilities are explored by considering both criminal and civil liability. This is built on through a discussion of the provision of legal services and an exploration of the issues surrounding access to the justice. 
  • Case studies are used at intervals throughout the module to highlight the relevance and application of key principles.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module and you should study An introduction to law (W101) before commencing this module, or alongside should you wish to study on a full time basis. Studying the modules in this order will ensure you've acquired the legal knowledge, understanding of legal terminology and legal study skills needed for successful study of W102.
  • If you choose to study the modules together, you may therefore find study of W102 more challenging initially. Studying the two modules together is the equivalent of full time study and you will need to be able to study for up to 35 hours each week. Also there may be some occasions when the face to face tutorials on the two modules conflict by being on the same date.
  • OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for study at OU levels 2 and 3. By the end of the module you'll be expected to be working at the level required of first-year undergraduate students.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3096 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3096 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3096 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3096 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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