International Law

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Law

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Law
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr James Green
    Summary module description:
    This module provides an introduction to public international law.
    This module aims to provide a grounding in basic concepts and general principles of international law. Students will be encouraged to examine the legal basis of international law, the sources of the law and the relationship between international law and municipal law. It will examine recent developments and matters of controversy in international law.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    Students will be expected to have grasped the basic principles and practice of international law. They will be aware of the role of law in the international community and will have an awareness of how international law relates to municipal law and how international law fits with traditional understanding of the nature of law. They will be able to identify difficulties and benefits arising out of the international legal system.
    Additional outcomes:
    In addition to those listed in the School?s ?core skills statement?, the module aims to further develop written and oral communication skills and will rely heavily on the reading and critical evaluation of both primary and secondary source material.
    Outline content:
    ? Nature of International Law
    ? Subjects of International Law
    ? Sources of International Law
    ? The Law of Treaties
    ? International Humanitarian Law
    ? Relationships between International Law and Municipal Law
    ? Territory
    ? Jurisdiction
    ? State Responsibility
    ? Peaceful Settlement of Disputes
    ? The Use of Force in International Law
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Two lectures per week in the Autumn Term and the early part of the Spring Team, and five tutorials in the Spring Term for which students will be expected to prepare topics for group discussion. One non-assessed essay.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring
    Lectures 25
    Tutorials 5
    Guided independent study 75 95
    Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
    Total hours for module 200.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 100
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    One three-hour examination paper. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.
    Requirements for a pass:
    Reassessment arrangements:
    See School Guide (Programme Assessment).
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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