Law School Module Details

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Code LAW377
Coordinator Professor DJ Morris
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To stimulate the academic interest of students and develop knowledge and skills in a complex area of law.

To enhance general legal and transferable skills in the context of the subject area.

To apply theoretical knowledge within a practical context , via student-led debate and group tasks.

To develop materials and undertake tasks within a practical context.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts of the law related to charities.

(LO2) Research the relevant laws and policy and present an effective argument based in critical analysis of the law in its social and policy context.

(LO3) Demonstrate understanding of the practical implications of charity law for organisations.

(LO4) Use and interpret complex legal statutory material, case law and academic writing.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Adaptability

(S4) Communication skills

(S5) Be able to complete specified tasks independently of input from formal instruction



Seminar 1: Introduction and Fundamentals of Charity Law
Asynchronous: the fundamentals of charity law will be covered in 6 hours of lectures covering the following topics:
• The history of charity in England
• Breaking out of the trusts straitjacket
• The public vs private nature of charities
• The broader third sector/ forms of charities
• The Charities Acts
• What makes a charity?
• Why and how are charities regulated
• The charity tribunal

Synchronous: 2 hours:
• Introduction to the module
• Tutorial-style discussion of the fundamentals of Charity Law
• Introduction to the debate sessions to follow

Seminars 2-5: Debate Sessions
Asynchronous: 1 hour Lecture materials for the week’s topic.
Synchronous: 2 hour debate session. 1st Hour: Short tutorial style discussion of the asynchronous m aterial, followed by students preparing statements for set debate questions in smaller groups via Zoom breakouts. 2nd Hour: Oral presentation of the prepared statements by the small groups, followed by response and discussion of the set questions. At the end of the session the leader will sum up and highlight the best arguments.

Topics will be drawn from the following list, but are still TBC, depending on timetabling and lecturer availability .

• Public benefit controversies: schools
• Charities and Counter-Terrorist Financing
• Charities and Social Housing
• Charities and discrimination
• Charities and campaigning
• Donation and the law
• Charities and access to justice
A reading list for each week will be available and students will be expected to prepare independently in advance of each workshop by engaging wit h the Asynchronous materials and the reading.

Seminar 6: Coursework Support Session:
Asynchronous: Revision materials on course themes recorded for online delivery.
Synchronous: Q&A and Discussion of the revision materials.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures on fundamentals of charity law and a final lecture
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: Interactive seminars on charity law topics and controversies.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: The first hour of each workshop will be a presentation and the second hour will involve 20 minutes of preparation in small groups, assisted by the module leaders, and then 30 minutes of discussion and debate of the topic of the week. A reading list for each week will be available and students will be expected to prepare independently in advance of each workshop.

Teaching Method 3 - Group Project
Description: Students will prepare a problem-based project in small groups and present their work in Week 11.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Small group presentations of advice given to a hypothetical charity client in a problem-based assessment. The assessment will present a hypothetical cl ient who needs advice on a topic related to charity law. You will be given the problem in week 6. You will work in small groups to prepare a short summary piece of advice (1,000 words or less), and to prepare a presentation on why this is the appropriate advice. Groups are expected to meet independently twice to work on the project. It is expected that groups will present in Week 11, however the exact timing will depend on the module enrolment numbers and timetabling, and will be specified more exactly in the module handbook. Groups will present for 10-15 minutes, followed by questions from module leaders. Students will be assessed as a group. There will be an opportunity to raise claims of non-contribution by group members with the module leaders.
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 4

Teaching and Learning Method 4 – Attendance Mark in Substantive Seminars
Law 377 is a ‘Debate s-led’ module in which students are asked to prepare for and participate in team debates on the module. For this reason, attendance at the substantive seminar sessions is an essential element of the course. Low attendance undermines this core aspect of the course. This came through strongly in student feedback (e.g. ‘not everyone participated’; ‘debates are difficult when not everyone turns up’; ‘members not showing up is stressful’).
The attendance mark is a way to proactively encourage participation in the seminar debates. The pedagogical underpinning for the attendance is ‘Time on Task’ (e.g. P Anderson, U Hoadley, J Kincheloe) – i.e. engagement in the debates, which are themselves an important ‘building block’ for learning outcomes within the course, will lead to augmented student learning for the entire group.
Marking attendance is pedagogically superior to the assessment of individual achi evement within the specific seminars because student comments have identified that the debate sessions, while valuable, are also stressful and assessment of individual performance is likely to add unnecessarily to that pressure. Also, while the debates concept is essential to the course, individual skills in debating are not themselves being assessed.
This attendance mark has been introduced following a meeting of the teaching team, where it was unanimously agreed that poor attendance in the debates undermines learning outcomes.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 127


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay relating specific seminar topics to general concepts There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (    90       
• 5% Summative MCQs based upon the material from the Fundamentals of Charity Law lectures and Seminar 1.         
• 5% Attendance at Seminars 1-5 (1% available for each seminar attendance)         

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.

Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Dr JA Sigafoos Law
Dr M Shillito Law

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