Module Title:Legal Studies 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises/Case Studies – students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios and prepare for collaborative project. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning — It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. • Self-Directed Independent Learning — the emphasis on independent learning will develop strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The overall aim of this course is to equip the student with background knowledge of the operation of the legal system and its application and relevance to the caring professions
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Develop understanding of relevance of European Law and International Legal Conventions to the Irish Legal System. D.1 P. 1. D.5 P.1,2,3.
LO2 Understand and recognise accountability issues in professional practice. D.1 P.1,3,4,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17. D.2 P. 6,9. D.5 P.1,3.
LO3 Understand and recognise legal issues relevant to a social care workplace. D.1 P.1,2,3,7,13. D.2 P.9. D.5 P.1,2,3.
LO4 Apply legal knowledge to work place scenarios and reflect on legal boundaries of the social care profession. D.1 P.1,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17. D.2 P.6,9. D.4 P.3. D.5 P.1,2,3.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
EU and International Legal Dimension to Social Care Practice
• EU Treaties and Regulations • Operation of EU and International Conventions vis a vis Irish law Eg. European Convention on Human Rights D.1 P.1,13. D.5 P.2.
• Professional Negligence • Confidentiality • Informed Consent and Capacity • Duty of Disclosure • Report Writing D.1 P.1,2,3,4,6,7,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17.
Workplace Laws
• Overview of Contract Law; Employment Law and Equality Legislation. D. P. 1,8, 9, 13.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Hypothetical Work Placement Scenario's - this will show students awareness of potential workplace scenario's where legal considerations arise and will demonstrate students knowledge of the law in practice. D.1 P. 1,2,3,6, 7, 10,11,12, 14,15,16,17. D.2 P.6,7,9 D.4 P.3. D.5 P.1,2, 3. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 Hour Written Examination - will evidence the knowledge acquired and it's relevance to professional practice through essay and problem type questions. D.1 P.1,4,6, 8, 9,11,12, 13, 17. D.2 P.6,9. D.5 P.1,3. 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Tutorial 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care 4 Mandatory
CW_HWPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care 4 Mandatory