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Law - concepts and perspectives

The Open University UK

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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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Overview

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.

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.

Key information

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Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
5.5
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Other requirements

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.

Funding

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