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No educational background is required. An interest in current affairs, the rule of law or politics will enable you to get the most out of the course.

Approx. 20 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to engage critically with the core requirements of the Rule of Law

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to explain why and how the Rule of Law is best protected

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to apply Rule of Law principles to issues in everyday life

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to construct and evaluate arguments about justice

Skills you will gain

Legal TerminologyParticipatory PoliticsLegal AnalysisCommon LawCivic Engagement
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Beginner Level

No educational background is required. An interest in current affairs, the rule of law or politics will enable you to get the most out of the course.

Approx. 20 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

A Potted History of the Rule of Law

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 30 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Background and Context2m
Syllabus and Learning Objectives1m
Welcome to Week 1 Introduction to the Rule of Law2m
Aristotle and the Rule of Law4m
Montesquieu and the Separation of Powers3m
A.V. Dicey and the Rule of Law3m
Lord Bingham's Conception of the Rule of Law5m
What Can We Expect From the Rule of Law?4m
11 readings
Overall Syllabus and Learning Objectives10m
Why is "Citizenship" attached to a course on "the Rule of Law?"10m
Welcome to Week 1!5m
Bingham Centre Founding Director Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC further explains the Rule of Law7m
Creation of the Rule of Law1m
Other Contributions10m
Differences Between Dicey and the Rule of Law Today10m
"The Rule of Law", Sir David Williams Lecture by Lord Bingham26m
Lord Bingham's Eight Rule of Law Principles10m
A Universal Secular Religion: International Ideas20m
Interview with Bingham Centre Director, Murray Hunt25m
2 practice exercises
A.V. Dicey's Rule of Law2m
Week 1 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Judges: Independence, Tenure and Appointment

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
A Job For Life? Security of Tenure7m
3 readings
Essential reading on judicial independence, appointment and tenure1h 10m
What Do We Expect of Judges?40m
Nurturing, recruiting and promoting independent judges40m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

What does it mean to be equal before the law?

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 16 min), 12 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Children3m
Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Topeka6m
Practical Equality5m
12 readings
Equality Before the law10m
The United States2m
The Brown ruling10m
Protected Characteristics5m
The United Kingdom10m
Issues in equality: Stop and Search Part 110m
Issues in equality: Stop and Search Part 215m
Issues in equality: Stop and Search Part 320m
Issues in equality: Stop and Search Part 415m
South Africa Post-Apartheid Part 17m
South Africa Post-Apartheid Part 24m
Relevant cases10m
2 practice exercises
What do you think?20m
Week 3 Quiz14m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Access to Justice

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 136 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Legalese and Legal Aid2m
OPTIONAL VIDEO- Five Years of Public Legal Education2h 2m
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Online Justice1m
Rule of Law Implications of Artificial Intelligence3m
6 readings
Legal Empowerment10m
Legal Capability15m
Online Judging and Extended Courts10m
E-Government10m
Algorithms, mind control and the right to freedom of thought10m
Disinformation technology and "fake news"30m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz20m

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