This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.
We place great emphasis on enhancing your transferrable professional skills, so you will regularly have opportunities to lead discussions or develop your presentational skills. We will also encourage you to improve your analytical and critical skills, where appropriate, inviting you to participate in role-playing exercises or case simulations.
We will draw heavily on real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within tutorials, for example, we recently considered the Volkswagen case as an example of absolute failure in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We highlighted the fact that the company deliberately set out to design a means to circumvent emissions control – a stratagem known at the highest levels of management – to gain an unfair competitive advantage that made it the world’s number one car maker, in large part on the basis of its supposedly environmentally friendly cars.
We also organise workshops around a particular issue, which you will need to prepare for in advance, with the aim to develop your understanding of a particular subject, such corporate governance debate, which over the years has moved from debates about CSR to organisational responsibility and accountability.
We are proud of our interactive learning techniques, which we aim to continually update to reflect emerging trends and issues in the law. In recent years, for example, the Course Director has pioneered the annual ‘Coventry Legal Cinematic Review’, which uses film and the oral tradition as instruments of global social change, not least to demonstrate that law is not always a rigid ‘black letter’, text-based discipline. The film genre has long been an important aspect of primary and secondary education, but its use to enhance legal education at university level is still rare. Launched by leading British performance poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, together with barrister and ‘Poet of the People’ Dave Neita, the review encouraged students to creatively and candidly explore the socio-legal aspects of the short documentary ‘Rong Radio’, based on their professional and cross-cultural understanding of human rights legacies today.
One of the most popular aspects of this course is opportunity to attend guest lectures, which aim to help you to learn about real-life legal issues and experiences. In 2016, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione’ in conjunction with the Centre for Global Engagement and Global Leadership Programme, British Petroleum and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Keynote speakers included: the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development from The BP Group and the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, together with the Secretariat’s Legal Counsel for Maritime Law. Entitled ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the inaugural lecture was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty.
Teaching methods include: lectures, workshops and tutorials.