MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Philosophy and Law options

Final Year, Component 01

Law option(s)
LW209-6-SP
Current Issues in Public Law
(15 CREDITS)

This module builds on Foundations of Public Law. The research-led teaching for this module provides insights into several areas of public law that are not always available in standard texts and are designed to enable detailed consideration of issues that are of current importance and the subject of research within the School of Law.

LW214-6-FY
Family Law
(30 CREDITS)

What are the legal implications of family breakdown when the parties are married? Or when they are civil partners? How does this change if they have children? Examine key features of family law, including the protective function (relating to domestic violence), adjustment of property rights and responsibilities of family members.

LW218-6-AU
Introduction to Public International Law
(15 CREDITS)

What are the rules governing state responsibility? Or the acquisition of statehood? How do you apply international law to notions of jurisdiction? Study the theories and concepts behind public international law, plus new developments in the field. Learn to apply relevant principles to specific case studies.

LW219-6-SP
Selected Issues in Public International Law
(15 CREDITS)

How do states behave with regards to their own people? What about their environment and territory? How do they behave to others? Build on your knowledge of public international law regarding human rights, environmental law, the law of the sea, the peaceful settlement of disputes and the use of force.

LW224-6-SP
Banking Law
(15 CREDITS)

You’ll cover the legal aspects of banking transactions, banking regulation and the bank-customer relationship. You’ll be introduced to the concept as banks as economic and social institutions and their regulation in a domestic and global context. You’ll analyse the bank-customer relationship including the important issues of contractual fairness, the banks duty of confidentiality, and the potential for transactional and advisory liability.

LW225-6-FY
Company Law
(30 CREDITS)

What are the main corporate management issues today? What is the legislative framework for insolvency and takeovers? Have corporate scandals changed modern company law? Examine the rules that govern companies, building knowledge for a career in commerce and industry. Evaluate real-life cases to understand statutes, case law and regulatory practice.

LW237-6-SP
Clinical Legal Education (Law Placement)
(15 CREDITS)

Want to experience a practice-based role in a legal environment? Undertake a placement in order to deepen and apply your understanding of law to a real-world setting. Build your personal and professional skills, including oral and written communication, problem solving and ability to reflect on your work.

LW241-6-AU
Consumer Contract Law
(15 CREDITS)

How do you apply the law to contracts between business parties? What about contracts between private consumers? Examine the key legal and policy issues surrounding the regulation of contracts. Understand and critically evaluate the rules, then apply this knowledge to hypothetical problem situations.

LW242-6-SP
Commercial Contract Law
(15 CREDITS)

How do you apply the law to contracts between business parties? How would you resolve a problem with faulty goods? Or issues around globalisation? Examine the key legal and policy issues surrounding the regulation of business contracts. Understand and evaluate the rules, then apply this knowledge to real-life case studies.

LW244-6-AU
The Protection of Human Rights in the UK
(15 CREDITS)

What role do political institutions play in protecting human rights? How do judicial and political institutions interact on this? What reforms are needed? Examine the Human Rights Act 1998, focusing closely on particular sections. Apply your knowledge to substantive legal problems and critically evaluate existing law on human rights.

LW251-6-SP
Employment Law and Practice
(15 CREDITS)

How do you write an employment contract? And how can this contract be terminated? Study the practical application of employment law, including the settling of workplace disputes and requirements when bringing a claim to tribunal. Develop skills in drafting tribunal forms and advocacy before a tribunal.

LW301-6-AU
Jurisprudence
(15 CREDITS)

How do moral and political theories contribute to understanding of the law? Examine general legal theories alongside concepts of morality and knowledge. Undertake an in-depth study on a major aspect of law, focusing on topics like contract, tort and crime, and theoretical issues that shape legal liability.

LW316-6-FY
Law of Evidence
(30 CREDITS)

Can previous criminal convictions of the defendant or a witness be presented to the court? How are vulnerable witnesses (like rape complainants or children) protected by the court system? Can an illegally obtained confession be used in court? Study the process and procedure involved in presenting evidence at trials.

LW327-6-FY
International Trade Law
(30 CREDITS)

What are the key legal principles underlying international trade transactions? How is English law applied to international trade? What international instruments help establish an autonomous law of international trade? What current issues are caused by new technology? Understand, develop and deploy legal arguments in the context of international trade law.

LW328-6-FY
Intellectual Property Law
(30 CREDITS)

Intellectual property consists of monopolies or exclusive rights which the law grants or recognises for the purposes of encouraging or rewarding inventive or creative effort, or of preventing unfair competition. In this module you’ll look closely at the law of copyright, trademarks, and patents.

LW343-6-AU
Competition Law
(15 CREDITS)

How do you apply competition law to mergers? Or to deal with the abuse of a dominant position? Discuss EU and UK competition law. Examine the relationship between the EU and UK competition law regimes, and critically evaluate its operation in a commercial environment. Assess recent developments in this field.

LW349-6-SP
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Law, Policy and Practice
(15 CREDITS)

How important is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty? And how important is a defendant’s right to a fair trial? Study the law, policy and practice of the criminal justice system. Examine recent trends in criminal justice policy and specific aspects of the criminal process, from pre- to post-trial.

LW352-6-FY
Legal Ethics and Justice
(30 CREDITS)

Want practical experience of providing legal advice? Work within the Essex Law Clinic, receiving supervision and training to provide assistance on topics like employment, housing, benefits and consumer matters. Develop your abilities in interviewing, client care, networking and teamwork, as well as general office skills.

LW354-6-AU
Criminology
(15 CREDITS)

How do major theories on criminality impact on our criminal justice system? How do we attempt to control crime as a society? Critically evaluate crime and law within the broader social and political context. Examine issues of justice, focusing on the needs of crime victims, offenders and the society.

LW356-6-SP
International Environmental Law
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces students to the international legal and governance mechanisms concerning the environment. It examines key principles under international law related to the environment, such as sustainable development and precaution. It then goes on to consider salient aspects of international environmental law as it applies to specific regimes such as those related to climate change, biodiversity protection, freshwater management and the management of hazardous waste. It also considers the relationship that exists between international environmental law and other areas of law that intersect with it, such as human rights and the law of armed conflict. Throughout the module it will introduce students to the structural dimensions of existing international environmental law that have resulted from North-South relations and provides students with a basis upon which consideration can be given to the related issues of equity, common but differentiated responsibility and environmental justice.

LW363-6-SP
Copyright and Trade Mark Law
(15 CREDITS)

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