LAWS C1416 - The Irish Legal System 2

Module Title:The Irish Legal System 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the learner; Problem Solving Exercises - the learner will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Learners 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 a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to further learners' understanding of the Irish Legal System. Learners will be introduced to a further range of legal topics, giving them a broader basis on which to continue to develop their legal knowledge. This module will establish a framework within which a learner can appreciate the relevance of the various law subjects they will study during their course.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Distinguish between the different courts in the Irish system and know the composition of each and which cases/offences are tried in each.
LO2 Discuss the doctrine of precedent as it operates in Ireland and be able to apply the doctrine to practical situations.
LO3 Discuss the issues around access to Justice in Ireland.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Court System, the Judiciary and Court Administration
• The Administration of Justice in Ireland – Main Features • The Court System in Ireland • First instance jurisdiction of the Courts • Appellate jurisdiction of the courts.
Access to Justice
• Legal Costs • Legal Aid
Remedies and Enforcement
• Remedies in Civil Matters • Enforcement of Court Orders • Enforcement in Criminal Matters • Contempt of Court • Judicial Review
• Introduction – Law Reporting • Stare Decisis in the Irish Courts • Ratio Decidendi and Obiter Dictum • Precedent in Action
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 100.00 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 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 7.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 2 Mandatory
CW_BBLEG_C_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 2 Mandatory
CW_BBLAW_C Higher Certificate in Business with Law 2 Mandatory
CW_HHLAW_B Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 2 Mandatory