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BA (Honours) Law and Languages - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

This qualification will provide you with:

  • The opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales; to gain knowledge and understanding of the role and function of law in an increasingly globalised world.
  • Opportunities to learn how to communicate effectively in your chosen language, both in speech and in writing, and to gain an understanding of the structure of the language and of how it is used in different contexts, as well as knowledge of the societies and cultures in which that language is used, and intercultural communication competence.
  • Comprehensive support and guidance to develop as an independent learner, to develop legal and language skills, and to develop a range of non-subject-specific skills, including academic, digital, and professional skills.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of:

  • A substantial range of the concepts, values, rules and principles of the foundation subjects of law, and of the legal system of England and Wales.
  • Legal methodology.
  • The social, political, economic, historical and ethical dimensions of law.
  • The principles and methods of legal research.
  • The ability to communicate fluently and appropriately with competent speakers of at least one language, in addition to English, in a broad variety of oral and written contexts, including academic ones, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy and appropriate style.
  • Aspects of the societies of the countries where your chosen language is spoken (including aspects such as literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, politics, geography, and social and economic structures).
  • Intercultural communicative competence, including a reasoned awareness and critical understanding of the cultures and societies associated with your chosen language and the ability to describe, analyse and evaluate the similarities and dissimilarities between cultures and societies and your own.

Cognitive skills

You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Apply legal principles and authority in a logical and coherent way.
  • Organise and assimilate legal and factual material and express a reasoned personal view about that material.
  • Identify the relative merits of different legal and policy arguments as articulated in case law and legal scholarship.
  • Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative opinions and solutions.
  • Explore and apply exceptions to legal rules and principles.
  • Make use of a wide variety of written, spoken and multimodal texts for different audiences in your chosen modern language, employing appropriate reading and listening strategies.
  • Write texts of different types in your chosen modern language and/or English, following appropriate structures and conventions, including academic language, selecting and making critical use of written and spoken sources.
  • Make spoken presentations on particular topics, using appropriate styles and techniques, and take part in a wide variety of spoken interactions in your chosen modern language, using appropriate discourse strategies.
  • Interpret and critically evaluate evidence in the light of alternative explanations, arguments and theories.

Practical and/or professional skills

You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Identify legal issues in relation to material facts (both real and hypothetical).
  • Apply legal principles to resolve identified issues.
  • Present arguable and reasoned conclusions.
  • Access, comprehend, interrogate and use legal materials (both primary and secondary sources) using electronic and hard copy methods.
  • Gather and process information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources, in English and your chosen modern language.

Key skills

You’ll be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and accurately in English (using appropriate legal terminology); read and discuss legal materials (whether statutes, cases or academic commentary) which are written in technical and complex language.
  • Appreciate and demonstrate the techniques of legal argument.
  • Comprehend and use basic numerical information.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve joint outcomes, playing an active role in facilitating effective group interaction, influencing and/or leading as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently find, critically evaluate and use a wide range of information, data or tools accurately in complex contexts.
  • Recognise and use effective learning strategies.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

The modules in this qualification employ a blended approach of text books, online materials, synchronous and non-synchronous online tutorials and face-to face meetings with tutors. All modules involve assignments and either an end-of-course assessment or exam.

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