Louis Martin, Course Leader
Louis has worked for Derbyshire Constabulary before becoming Head of the Roads Policing Unit and Detective Inspector for Derby City Centre.
His areas of expertise were homicide investigation, suspicious deaths and Criminal Justice. View profile
The learning strategy for this award is based around problem-based and authentic learning experiences to enhance graduate skills for future employability and lifelong learning. Class contact will include a mixture of whole group and small group sessions, many taking place in a workshop setting to recreate problem-based and authentic learning scenarios and events. Students will be able to practise and develop oral and written communication skills, networking, conferencing and presentations, case-based scenarios as well as consideration of theoretical and critical perspectives to enhance knowledge and understanding.
The aim is to foster an academic community which promotes lifelong learning and is supported by research and practice informed teaching with learning strategies and technologies to support the student experience.
Learning will be organised into a series of small group sessions where students will be required to participate. Each session will be based around a problem or issue, and students will work towards a range of solutions by specifying objectives, identifying constraints, obtaining background information, applying both theory and practical skills to the subject matter and issue to be considered.
Large group sessions seek to establish an overview framework within which selected theories and principles of law can be more effectively developed. They will verify and consolidate knowledge and understanding and will engage in more detailed exposition of selected theories, rules and constraints. The guided learning will incorporate a mixture of activities, some of which will require team work and online discussion. The learning will be facilitated by use of the VLE platform and discussions/interactions between students and tutors.
When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.
Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:
Year 1: you'll spend 21% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 79% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you'll spend 17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 83% of time in independent study.
Year 3: you'll spend 17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 84% of time in independent study.
Progression routes to masters
- LLM Legal Practice
- MA Family Law and Society
- MA Human Resource Management and Employment Law
- MA Terrorism, Crime and Global Security