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- 1 What is law and why does it matter?
- 2 Starting to think about rights and responsibilities
- 3 Learning skills – reading efficiently and with purpose
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Starting with law
Starting with law explores key legal concepts such as legal capacity and the rights and...
Starting with law explores key legal concepts such as legal capacity and the rights and responsibilities of the individual. You will examine how laws are made, and how they affect us at different points in our lives. This unit is ideal if you are a beginner or returning to study.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
- explain why the law matters
- give some examples of legal rights and responsibilities
- understand how different reading styles suit different purposes.
Starting with law
Law is an interesting and lively subject that touches upon all aspects of everyday life. We hope that you will enjoy this unit, which provides an introduction to the fascinating topic of law.
This unit assumes that you have some interest in the law. You may be interested because of some direct involvement with the law, for example in buying a house, or your interest may have been sparked by one of the many television programmes based in a legal setting.
Law is often associated with traditional images and some see it as a dry subject requiring days to be spent in gloomy libraries poring over enormous dusty old books in order to solve obscure and difficult problems. We hope to dispel these viewpoints by showing you how law affects numerous aspects of our everyday lives and does so in interesting and sometimes quirky ways.
You will need a place to store your notes, thoughts and activity responses during the unit. A ring binder and file dividers would enable you to rearrange notes or insert extra sheets, or you might prefer to keep a notebook. The choice of how to organise your work is yours to make and you may wish to experiment with different methods.
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course Openings programme., which is part of the
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Originally published: Friday, 15th June 2012
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