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Durham University

Faculty Handbook Archive

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2018-19. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Law


Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2018/19 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to M101 Law
Tied to M103 Law (with Year Abroad)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • • None


  • To provide a general understanding of the basic institutions, concepts and principles relating to the relationship between the individual and the State.


  • The European Convention on Human Rights (machinery; introduction to key rights and Convention concepts); Human Rights Act 1998; legal accountability of the executive (the prerogative and judicial review).

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students should be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the law relating to the relationship between the individual and the state.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students should be able to ability to apply the law of the United Kingdom relating to the relationship between the individual and the state and analyse and understand its development.
Key Skills:
  • Students should be able to demonstrate basic analytical and writing skills, including the ability to work independently and for the student to take responsibility for his/her own learning

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures are used primarily to impart knowledge - and also to suggest approaches to evaluation and critical analysis;
  • Tutorials will be used to develop and enhance students capacity for legal-problem solving in a particular factual situation, evaluative critical analysis and their appreciation of laws' linkage with broader fields of enquiry;
  • Assignments (formative) are used both to develop problem-solving skills, the ability to engage in sustained evaluation of proposed schemes of reforms, and the ability to evaluate the law in a critical and contextual way
  • Summative assessment tests the ability to focus on relevant legal issues and organise knowledge and argument appropriate to questions raised. The examination questions will provide the means for students to demonstrate the acquisition of subject knowledge and the development of their problem-solving skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Weekly 1 hour 20
Tutorials 5 Normally: two in Michaelmas; three in Epiphany 1 hour 5
Staff office hours 28 Normally weekly during Michaelmas, Epiphany and Easter Terms 1 hour 28
Preparation and Reading 147
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
written examination 2hrs 30mins 100%

Formative Assessment:

Two essays of about 1500 words each.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University