42 Week Course - 42 Assignments
Our weekly assignments invite students to explore essays, book chapters, news features, lectures, podcasts, videos and websites. Each assignment requires students to engage for approximately an hour, they vary in length depending on their difficulty. Lengthy book chapters allow for students to get deep into the text whilst short videos present more challenging material whilst leaving more time for thinking.
About the Course
For many of you, this will be your first opportunity to study law in an academic setting. Therefore, I have tried to mix introductory lectures and articles about different aspects of law and how it is applied in the UK, with coverage of recent topical issues, such as doping in sport, the right to die and the legal extent of government surveillance.
I have also included some discussion of case law, in order to give an idea of what being a law student entails. Given you haven’t been taught the underlying law, don’t panic if you don’t understand everything: being familiar with the issue and why it is important is sufficient.
Clearly, Brexit, Article 50 and the associated court cases ensure that 2017 is going to be a particularly momentous year for law in the UK.
I intend to update the reading list once the current Supreme Court judgment is issued in January and there will be further topical additions to the list throughout the course.
Finally, I would recommend getting into the habit of reading the weekly law pages of The Guardian and The Times. The latter is published every Thursday and is behind a paywall, but you are allowed free access to a couple of articles a week.
"For many of you, this will be your first opportunity to study law in an academic setting. Therefore, I have tried to mix introductory lectures and articles about different aspects of law and how it is applied in the UK"
- Dr Sophie Whitaker
Meet the Course Designer
The Law reading course is curated by Dr Sophie Whitaker. As an undergraduate Sophie studied Modern History at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She hugely enjoyed this but felt she hadn’t gone deep enough into the subject, so she stayed on and started a doctorate in medieval Mallorcan history. This included the huge hardship of living in Palma de Mallorca for a year, in order to do the necessary primary research.
Having successfully completed her doctorate, Sophie went on to do the Graduate Diploma of Law and Bar Professional Training Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law). Subsequently, she spent a couple of years working as a lawyer, with a particular focus on professional negligence and competition law. Currently she works as a tutor, teaching a wide range of subjects, including law and history to degree level. This is much more compatible with her other responsibility, looking after her toddler daughter.