Exploring legal boundaries, Short Course | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
6 months
1614 GBP/full
1614 GBP/full
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The Exploring legal boundaries programme delivered by The Open University UK considers the complexities of international law in the twenty-first century by exploring the evolving role and function of international law in the modern world. 

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You will start by considering the nature and development of the principles of international law before examining the role played by international organisations and non-governmental organisations. 

You will then focus on areas that challenge the application and effectiveness of the principles of international law such as security issues and humanitarian interventions and consider international law in its wider context. 

The Exploring legal boundaries programme delivered by The Open University UK  uses contemporary case studies to explore the boundaries of international law.


During your studies you will develop and consolidate a range of important postgraduate legal skills. Your studies will require you to critically engage with complex legal issues in the international environment. You will also learn to develop arguments based on evidence and interrogate case studies to form reasoned judgements. Throughout the module you will undertake evaluation and synthesis of new and complex concepts and information within an international and multidisciplinary environment. You will learn to communicate your findings and conclusions effectively. You will also develop your ability to undertake independent learning and research and analyse complex issues systematically and creatively.

You can take this module on its own or as part of our Master of Laws qualification.

Programme Structure

  • In this module you will examine some of the key challenges to the operation of international law in a contemporary setting. You will consider the evolution of the international legal system and the broader context in which it operates, including its contribution to the development of the international community. You then focus on emerging issues. 
  • The nature and effectiveness of the protection of the individual, in the context of humanitarian interventions and human rights, are considered as is the increasing significance of a range of security issues affecting the national and international community. You also explore the development of the concept of individual criminal responsibility and issues of accountability of individuals in an international context.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • As this is a research module, you will need to have completed 120 credits at Stage 1 and 120 credits at Stage 2 or, if you were a graduate entrant to your degree programme, at least 60 credits at Stage 2.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1614 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1614 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    1614 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1614 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.


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