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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Week One | Introduction to the English Legal System

Welcome to the first week of the course. Week 1 is an overview of the English legal system. We will consider the history of the common law, and look at what it means to say that English law is a common law system. We will also explore some important themes in common law....
7 videos (Total 17 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Welcome to Week 137s
Key features of English law2m
The origins of common law3m
Common law and equity3m
Themes in common law3m
End of Week Summary58s
8 readings
Terminology Explainer10m
A note about Community Mentors, Role and Responsibilities10m
What is law?15m
The Magna Carta5m
Recent legal history10m
Historical traditions10m
Common law and civil law systems20m
Types of law and classifications20m
2 practice exercises
Key dates in legal history10m
End of Week 1 Quiz10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Week Two | Constitutional Principles of the English Legal System

Welcome to the second week of the course. This week will introduce you to the British Constitution and identify its sources. Week 2 will also look at the fundamental constitutional principles which underpin the English Legal System. ...
5 videos (Total 13 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
The sources of the British constitution4m
Rule of Law1m
Separation of Powers3m
End of Week Summary53s
5 readings
Parliamentary Sovereignty15m
Optional activity: Lord Bingham and the Rule of Law10m
Entick v Carrington and the principle of legality10m
Optional Activity: Professor Jowell and the Rule of Law10m
Optional further reading5m
2 practice exercises
The British constitution10m
End of Week 2 Quiz10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week Three | The Court System

Welcome to the third week of the course. This week we'll look at how the court system works in England. We'll think about different courts in the system, and also other methods of resolving legal disputes. ...
6 videos (Total 14 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
The structure of the courts3m
The civil courts2m
The criminal courts2m
Online courts: The courts of the future?2m
End of Week Summary1m
8 readings
Structure of the courts diagram5m
The Supreme Court20m
More on the civil courts10m
More on the criminal courts15m
Tribunals10m
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)15m
Mediation10m
Optional further reading5m
2 practice exercises
Name the ADR method5m
End of Week 3 Quiz10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Week Four | Statutes

Welcome to the fourth week of the course. This week will introduce you to statutes or Acts of Parliament, one of the most important sources of English law. Week 4 will cover how statutes are made and the different ways they are interpreted by the courts. You'll also consider whether statutes should be simplified. ...
6 videos (Total 15 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
What is a statute?2m
The problem of language4m
The traditional approach of the courts3m
The modern approach of the courts (1)2m
End of Week Summary1m
6 readings
Constitutional statutes10m
How are statutes made?10m
More on how statutes are made10m
The modern approach of the courts (2)10m
Making statutes simpler15m
Optional further reading5m
3 practice exercises
Name the type of legislation5m
Name the approach to statutory interpretation5m
End of Week 4 Quiz10m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Week Five | Case Law

Welcome to the fifth week of the course. This week we'll explore another key source of English law, case law. You'll be introduced to the doctrine of judicial precedent and the question of judges as law-makers. You'll have the opportunity to read a case yourself and write a case-note. ...
5 videos (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
What is case law?2m
Advantages and disadvantages of precedent3m
Judges and the law3m
End of Week Summary56s
4 readings
What is judicial precedent ?20m
Reading case law20m
Top tips10m
Optional further reading5m
1 practice exercise
End of Week 5 Quiz10m
Week
6
5 hours to complete

Week Six | The European Union, European Convention on Human Rights and Human Rights Act 1998

Welcome to the sixth and final week of the course. This week will introduce you to the European Union and to the European Convention on Human Rights. Week 6 will also consider the impact of membership of the EU and of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the English Legal System, in particular on the principle of parliamentary sovereignty. ...
10 videos (Total 18 min), 9 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Background of the European Union2m
The nature of the European Union: a unique legal order51s
The European Union’s institutions2m
The impact of EU Law on English law1m
Leaving the European Union?1m
Overview of the ECHR and the HRA2m
Human Rights Act 19983m
End of Week Summary1m
Conclusion1m
9 readings
Activity: European Union institutions10m
Direct participation in the European Union?5m
Activity on EU Member States10m
Sources of law in the European Union10m
The supremacy of EU law15m
The Impact of EU Law10m
Activity: Triggering Article 5020m
What are Human Rights?15m
Optional further reading5m
3 practice exercises
European Citizens' Initiatives10m
EEC/EU Membership4m
End of Week 6 Quiz10m
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Top Reviews

By HZMay 19th 2019

Very good overview to law, especially to someone who had never studied it before. Some parts were confusing, as I did not know the law term, but overall beneficial course.

By QBMar 3rd 2019

Very helpful course, would advise for beginners to law. Useful skills are taught, such as how to read cases, and very helpful examples are provided.

Instructors

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Charlotte Crilly

Teaching Fellow
University of London Undergraduate Laws
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Eloise Ellis

Senior Lecturer
University of London

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