The Modern Judiciary: Who They Are, What They Do and Why it Matters
King's College London
  • Start Date: 29 Jun, 2020
  • 5 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Explore the role of judges in the UK and learn about the daily business of judging, from common law to judicial diversity.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Who are judges, what do they do, and why does it matter?


From criminal trials to Brexit, judges in courts and tribunals across the country make decisions that affect our daily lives everyday, but their role isn’t always understood.


On this course, you’ll be introduced to the role of judges in the legal system of England and Wales through an array of articles, cases and interviews with judges.


You’ll explore how judgement works and engage with the work of the judiciary through the study of a recent decision of your chosen court. You’ll also consider how judges are portrayed in the media and learn how working practices have evolved over time.


This course is designed primarily for young people interested in studying law.


The course will also be of interest to those at the beginning of their undergraduate law degrees as part of an Introduction to the English (& Welsh) Legal System course or module, and for non-Law university students interested in pursuing a career in the law.


There are no prerequisites for this course and anyone with an interest in the legal system of England and Wales would enjoy this course.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

King's College London

King’s College London is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities based in the heart of London.

King’s is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society. King’s is ranked in the top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2013), The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year 2010/11’ and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has more than 25,000 students (of whom more than 10,000 are graduate students) from 145 countries, and some 6,500 employees.

King’s is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities. 60 per cent of our research is classed by the RAE as world-leading or of internationally-excellent standard. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £155 million (2011-12).

Over the past 180 years King’s has made an extraordinary contribution to modern life, particularly in the areas of humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. We have played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. We are the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

King’s Health Partners brings together a world-leading research-led university (King’s College London) and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley).

 

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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