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Module

LAW2053 : Law and Land Use

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Anna Jobe
  • Lecturer: Professor Christopher Rodgers
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The central aims of the module are:

1. To provide a basic understanding of key legal concepts and of the nature of legal materials.

2. To provide a general introduction to the legal framework for land use.

3. To provide insight into the circumstances where those concerned with various aspects of land use may encounter legal problems or have occasion to call on legal expertise.

4. To provide a foundation for non Law students wishing to take more advanced modules in Environmental Law.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will address the following topics:

The role of law in regulating land use
Public rights in land and public control
The structure of private land law
Subsidiary rights over other people's land
Landlord and Tenant
Responsibility for harm arising from the use of land

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Recorded lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion81:008:00Discussion Board activities
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Directed case/comment reading & activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Synchronous small-group seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Drop in feedback hours for coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study149:0049:00Independent study: supplementary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous assessment feedforward & Q&A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and Lecture Replacement Materials: There will be 18 hours of recorded lecture material, divided into shorter segments, seeking to provide an overview of the substantive elements of the course. Students are allocated an extra hour of work time per hour of lecture materials, resulting in 36 hours of student activity. This number of lecture hours is needed due to the specific nature of the module, which is for non-law students only. The extra lecturing scaffolding is thus necessary in order to appropriately support them. The lecturing hours will be broken down into shorter segments of approximately 20/30 minutes. These will be supported with structured online guidance and activities.

Structured research and reading activities: There will be 18 hours of structured research and reading activities that correspond to and support the content covered by the lecture materials. This will include directed reading of case law and commentary, and associated activities that support both knowledge and skills development, e.g. reflective questions.

Seminars: There will be three synchronous one-hour classes for students that correspond to the content of the course, providing opportunities for knowledge and skills development. These small group teaching opportunities will all be delivered online. They provide an opportunity to develop oral, analytical and critical skills as well as knowledge development in relation to the aspects of the law covered. The seminars will be structured, with students expected to prepare responses to questions in advance of attending. These questions will be a mixture of problem and essay style questions and can be linked to the guided reading and/or discussion board tasks.

Module Talk: Feedforward and Q&A: These live sessions will represent two hours of scheduled online contact time. These sessions are opportunities for students to obtain feedforward guidance in relation to assessments and to ask broader questions about the module.

Drop-In/Surgery Feedback: These reflect the Law School policy that markers will offer the opportunity for one-to-one oral feedback on students’ assessed work.

Online Discussion: There will be 8 dedicated opportunities for students to engage in online discussion board activities in groups. This will help to consolidate student learning and develop their knowledge and skills. Tasks will help bridge the gap between lecture content and preparing for seminars/assessment, addressing elements of problem-style and/or essay style questions.

Independent Study: There will be 49 hours of independent study associated with this module, to be divided as needed between preparation, consolidation, the research and writing of coursework, and revision.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A67There will be 1 compulsory problem question, and 1 essay question from a choice of 3. Students will have 48 hours from exam release
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment is comprised of an unseen examination and written essay. Both provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of different topics within the syllabus.

The summative essay takes the form of a case comment. The final examination requires students to answer one compulsory problem question, and one essay style question from a choice of three. These assessments engage critical, analytical and evaluative skills, as well as the ability to write with care and precision.

Students are not required to undertake a formative assessment. Structured online learning activities and seminars have been designed to focus on the skills development necessary for the summative assessments.

Reading Lists

Timetable