No prior knowledge is required.
Following this course, students will be able to identify the key elements of common-law reasoning and principles, will be able to perform in-depth legal research on common-law issues and will be able to apply the law to problem questions according to the common-law methodology. Students will reach these learning goals through the case-based approach to learning, first attending a series of seminars and then being presented with a problem question which they must research in groups. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate their new skills by writing a 3,000-word answer to a problem question. Essays will be written individually, but will be based upon the research performed during the group-work stage.
1: Introduction to the Common Law
2: Case studies: The Elements of Negligence (four seminars)
3: Group work: Negligence Problem Question (three seminars, plus group assignments and independent study)
4: Answering a problem question
Literature and cases as provided in the first session. Most of the materials will need to be independently obtained by the students through Westlaw UK, although some handouts will be provided.
Evaluation will be based on participation during the seminars (20%), peer evaluation of the group-work stages (10%) and the final essay submission (70%).
5 x 2hr seminars plus preparatory work (approximately 20 hours work); 3 x 2hr group-work seminars plus preparatory work (approximately 50-60 hours of work); 3,000-word essay plus additional research (approximately 20-30 hours of work)