LLM International Business and Commercial Law
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Globalised and Digital Consumer Markets ¿ Law, Regulation and Policy
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course unit aims to:
1. To introduce students to the key legal rules and policy drivers affecting consumer policy, especially in the context of global markets and increased use of digital content and services and online platforms for marketing, selling and supply goods and services.
2. To enhance their process of legal reasoning and analysis, and develop those skills in the context of critical thinking and application.
3. To develop an awareness of the global context of legal regulation and the application of comparative law to solve legal problems.
4. To develop an awareness of how digitalisation is affecting consumer markets and their legal regulation
5. To enable students to acquire legal skills in understanding, interpreting and applying sources of information.
6. To provide students with knowledge and understanding of consumer law as a substantive body of law.
7. To introduce the main theoretical underpinnings of consumer law.
8. To develop an appreciation of the multiple influences on consumer law and regulation - private law, public law, self-regulation- and layers of national, regional and international law and regulation.
9. To develop an appreciation of the need to ensure rules are effective through access to justice mechanisms and effective enforcement.
Teaching and learning methods
26 Lectures (large group sessions) - 12 face-to-face and 14 via digital means
In the lectures, students will be introduced to the general concepts underlying the subject and given an outline of the relevant legal and policy principles. Taking advantage of e-learning experience even post-Covid it is expected that core material will be presented via Adobe Sparke using pre-recorded lectures, materials and interactive activities and discussion boards.Key issues will be explored and tested based on class discussion of contemporary issues and problem based scenarios.
4 Seminars (small group sessions)
Seminars will be preceded by a period of independent student-centred learning. The seminar sheets will contain indicative reading for each session, together with subjects for discussion and problem-questions. The purpose of the small group sessions is to help students assess their understanding of the topic, to develop analytical skills, and to learn how to apply legal principles to factual situations. They will also be used to allow students to present ideas based on their mini-project that forms their written coursework. This will require them to isolate a consumer issues needing reform in any jurisdiction and explain why there is a problem and use theoretical and comparative legal analysis to justify their chosen reform. It is hoped this may allow students to have some influence on law reform debates.
Knowledge and understanding
Transferable skills and personal qualities
|Project output (not diss/n)||50%|
- Formative feedback is made available in this course unit through class presentations on the project
- Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law (Howells)
- Re-thinking EU Consumer Law (now available as open access) (Howells)
- EU Digital Law (Schulze and Staudenmayer)
- Digital Revolution – New Challenges for Law (De Franceschi and Schulze)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Geraint Howells||Unit coordinator|