LAW-20038 - Law and ethics
Coordinator: Stella M Coyle Room: CBC1.028 Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)


Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23

Cynics may suggest that the words ¿ethics¿ and ¿lawyers¿ are not commonly seen together. This module will ask you to cast aside this misunderstanding, and to recognise and examine the important role of ethics within the law. This examination will include both abstract consideration of ethics and ethical argumentation from a strict philosophical viewpoint, and also how ethical theories and principles can inform critical assessments of the law and proposals for legal reform.
Through the first two sessions and associated readings, you will acquire a basic grounding in ethical theory and concepts and consider the relationship between ethics and the law. The knowledge and skills acquired in these sessions will provide a foundation for ethical reflection on particular areas of law and policy in the subsequent weeks.

Aims
To introduce students to the major ethical frameworks required to understand and reflect on the relationship of ethics and law.
To encourage students to reflect critically on ethical arguments with reference to challenging ethico-legal issues.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-20038/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and evaluate the major philosophical traditions underlying the structure of ethical thinking.: 1
Understand and critically appraise those ethical principles and their development and offer a reasoned analysis of the nature of their application to the law and the legal system in Britain.: 1
Critically reflect on the intellectual and personal issues raised by a range of challenging ethico-legal questions.: 2
Understand and assess the new challenges that are being offered to the major philosophical traditions in the twenty-first century.: 1

Study hours

Seminar attendance 22 hours
Seminar preparation 60 hours
Independent study 28 hours
Assessment preparation 40 hours
Total = 150 hours


School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
2000 word research essay
A 2000-word essay on a choice of questions related to topics covered during the module.

2: Reflective Analysis weighted 20%
Critical Reflection
A 500-word personal critical reflection on students' responses to the ethico-legal issues raised by the module, and how their engagement with the module has informed their responses.