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Starting with law: An overview of the law
The law is an interesting and lively subject that touches upon all aspects of everyday...
The law is an interesting and lively subject that touches upon all aspects of everyday life. But how are laws in the UK made and who makes them? This unit will introduce you to the key players in law making in the UK and provide some helpful tips on study techniques.
After completing this unit you will have a basic understanding of:
- how the legal system in the UK works;
- how laws are made in the UK;
- some of the key players in UK law enforcement;
- different ways of taking notes.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning Outcomes
- 1 The legal system
- 2 Types of law
- 3 Law making
- 4 Key players in law enforcement
- 5 The legal profession
- 6 Judges
- 7 The jury
- 8 Magistrates
- 9 Learning skills – note-taking
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Starting with law: An overview of the law
In this unit you will have the opportunity to look at some of the constituent parts of the legal system in the UK. You will also consider how laws are made and who is responsible for enforcing them. Finally, you will have an opportunity to experiment with different ways of taking notes.
This unit is an adapted extract from Y166 Starting with Law, a course which is no longer taught by The Open University, but which was part of our Openings Programme which has been replaced by our Access modules. This unit gives a good idea of the level of study on these modules.
If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
If you are new to Higher Education you may want to consider our Access module Y032 People, work and society.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free The Law courses or view the range of currently available OU The Law courses.
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