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  • Objectives
    Enable students to form an advanced conceptual understanding of public law with particular reference to the protection of human rights within the UK that is informed by insight based on scholarship at the forefront of the discipline. Set UK public law in its philosophical, political and historical contexts. Enable students to understand UK public law as it applies to situations where legal redress is sought in relation to infringements of human rights within the UK and Europe. Give students the facility to develop critical, analytical and research skills, problem-solving skills, and transferable skills. Produce graduates capable of working in the field of public law as academics, or as lawyers or researchers with public bodies, non-governmental organizations, or in the private sector . Produce graduates who can conduct independent research and construct coherent, well written papers.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications A good upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in Law, or in a related discipline, or an honours degree and substantial human rights field experience. IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 230/570
  • Academic Title
    LLM UK Human Rights and Public Law
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The LLM in UK Human Rights and Public Law has expanded to reflect the implementation of the Human Rights Act in the UK and devolved legislatures for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. It is especially attractive to people in the UK and should appeal to those from the Commonwealth or other common law jurisdictions, plus students from other member states in the EU.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        BROADCASTING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND REGULATION
        BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        Compulsory: CENTRAL ISSUES IN UNITED KINGDOM PUBLIC LAW
        Core: DISSERTATION: LLM UK HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC LAW
        CURRENT ISSUES IN UK HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
        CYBERCRIME
        DATA PROTECTION
        EC BROADCASTING LAW AND POLICY
        ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
        EQUALITY LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HEALTH CARE
        EUROPEAN BROADCASTING LAW AND POLICY
        EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT LAW
        EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EXTERNAL RELATIONS
        EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW
        EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS I
        EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
        EUROPEAN UNION LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE INTERNAL MARKET
        FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, PRIVACY AND THE MEDIA
        HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        HEALTH CARE ETHICS
        HUMAN RIGHTS ACROSS NATIONS AND CULTURES
        HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
        HUMAN RIGHTS FOR WOMEN
        HUMAN RIGHTS IN PHILOSOPHY AND LAW
        HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NEW EUROPE
        INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMPETITION LAW
        INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW IN THE ELECTRONIC ENVIRONMENT
        INTELLECTURAL PROPERTY AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
        INTERNATIONAL CHILD LAW
        INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION 1
        INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION II
        INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
        INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY REGULATION
        INTERNATIONAL LAW OF CREDIT AND SECURITY
        INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW
        INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICTS
        ISSUES AT THE END OF LIFE
        ISSUES IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
        LAW AND CULTURAL PROPERTY
        LAW OF INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING
        LEGAL ASPECTS OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
        PHILOSOPHY, POLITICAL THEORY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
        PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA
        PROTECTION MINORITIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
        PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
        RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC LAW
        TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITION
        THE ECONOMICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
        THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
        THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM OF HUMAN RIGHTS
        THE PROTECTION OF REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
        THEORY AND PRACTICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        TOPICS IN THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT
        TRADING IN DIGITAL GOODS AND SERVICES

    Teaching and Assessment Methods

    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : The fundamental doctrines and principles of UK public law as they pertain to the protection and promotion of human rights.
        A2 : The political, economic and social framework in which UK public law operates.
        A3 : The means and methods by which human rights may be protected by UK public law; to include an understanding of the limitations of public law in this regard.
        A4 : How public law is applied in various judicial, governmental and policy situations.
        A5 : Some areas of public law in depth.

        Teaching Methods
        A1 - A5 are acquired through interactive classes, which encourage dialogue between the students and teacher and between the students inter se, and through seminars which allow for dynamic interaction based on directed, pre-set reading. Students are expected undertake independent research for courses and, in particular, the dissertation.

        Assessment Methods
        Testing the knowledge-base for A1 - A5 is through: unseen examinations, take home examinations, course essays, essays and the dissertation.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Identify accurately the issue(s) which require researching.
        B2 : Apply relevant primary and secondary legal sources.
        B3 : Reason critically, identify, analyse, and solve complex problems, even in the absence of complete data.
        B4 : Recognise, rank and collate items and issues in terms of relevance and importance.
        B5 : Produce a comprehensive, coherent and sophisticated synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic.
        B6 : Critically evaluate the merits of particular arguments and advanced scholarship in the field.
        B7 : Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or methodologies and, where necessary, propose new hypotheses.
        B8 : Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly.
        B9 : Demonstrate and exercise originality of thought in the application of knowledge.

        Teaching Methods
        Skills B1 - B9 are obtained and developed through preparation for class discussions and class papers; discussion in class under the direction of the teacher/class leader; the preparation for and writing of examinations, course essays, and the dissertation. All skills are complemented by independent research for the essays and the Dissertation. In addition, learning is enhanced by formative assessment of Skills B1, B3. B7 and B9 in classes.

        Assessment Methods
        Skills B2 - B9 will be assessed by seen and unseen examinations; essays and the dissertation. The latter methods will also assess B1.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.
        C2 : Identify, select and retrieve non-legal information pertinent to issues of public law, using both paper and electronic sources.
        C3 : Use and apply legal terminology and legal concepts, not only in legal settings, but to applied problems, actual or hypothetical.
        C4 : Plan and undertake tasks in and beyond complex areas of law that have already been studied, and autonomously undertake independent research in areas of law not previously studied.

        Teaching Methods
        Skills C1 and C2 are developed through preparation for classes, and through research for Essays, and the Dissertation. Skills C3 and C4 are developed through classes by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion. Skill C4 is particularly developed through the Dissertation. Skills C1 - C4 are formatively assessed in classes, and papers presented to classes, which assessment reinforces their learning by students. In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet and LEXIS when researching their assessed work in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format.

        Assessment Methods
        Skills C1 - C4 are assessed through summative examinations, course essays, the Dissertation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : A student should be able to: (D1A) Work with the English language proficiently in relation to UK human rights and public law; (D1B) Present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and relevant manner; (D1C) Analyse materials pertaining to UK human rights and public law that are complex and technical.
        D2 : A student should be able to: (D2A) Produce a word-processed essay and other text in an appropriate form; (D2B) Use the worldwide web, e-mail, and also some electronic information retrieval systems.
        D3 : A student should be able to: (D3) Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.
        D4 : A student should be able to: (D4A) Analyse a complex set of facts, where necessary in unpredictable situations, and apply relevant public thereto. (D4B) From first principles, devise from existing principles of public law a means by which to extend protection in a sphere where there has been none previously.
        D6 : A student should be able: (D6A) To reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback. (D6B) To appreciate when s/he does not know enough and needs to undertake further research.

        Teaching Methods
        Skills D1 - D6, are acquired through classes where students debate legal issues and problems, as well essays, and the Dissertation. Skill D3 will be acquired in LW502 [research methods]. Skills D1 - D4, D6 will be learnt through writing summatively assessed and formative course essays, and through feedback, both written and that obtained in oral sessions.

        Assessment Methods
        Skills D1 - D4 and D6 are summatively assessed through course essays and exams, and the Dissertation. Skills D1 and D4 are also assessed through unseen examinations.

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