Benefits of the Utech Syllabus

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UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA

WESTERN CAMPUS

FACULTY OF LAW

Class &STUDY GUIDE

YEAR 1

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)

UTECH WEST

Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay

St.James, Jamaica

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

INTRODUCTION

LAW DATABASES

MODULES

✓ LAW AND LEGAL SYSTEM

✓ CRIMINAL LAW

✓ LEGAL METHODS, RESEARCH AND WRITING

✓ LAW OF CONTRACT

✓ LAW AND SOCIETY

✓ CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

✓ CRIMINAL LAW II

✓ LAW OF TORT

✓ LAW OF CONTRACT II

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This book would not have been possible without the work of the syllabus writers and the Office of Curriculum Development and Evaluation of the University of Technology, Jamaica. Thanks to Ms. Dale-Lyn Watson our Earn and Study student who supported our efforts to prepare this book.

Copyright © August 2011 by The University of Technology, Jamaica. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied without written permission from the University of Technology, Jamaica.

INTRODUCTION

This Class and Study Guide is an attempt to focus on the needs of our students. It presumes that the teacher is only a facilitator and as such this is an attempt to focus the student in an active role, where they develop the skills to be responsible for their own learning. Traditional Universities’ curricula focus on a lecturer-centric style of academic delivery. Utech’s curriculum design incorporates activities that direct students to construct their own learning and offer numerous opportunities for active learning by students.

This project is in its early stages and the method of studying by objectives was first utilized by students in Academic Year 2010/2011 and many students were receptive and all wanted to know if they could have access to the objectives in all modules as it enhanced their learning.

For the academic year 2011/12 we take it a bit further by incorporating online databases to encourage the individual student to research supplemental material and improve the chances of academic success.

We would like to think of it as an initiative of our Western Campus for enhancing the quality of teaching in our courses of study. We hope that in providing this Class and Study Guide we increase the interest of our students in learning and research.

One of the more frequently repeated phrases heard by students during their law school careers is the reminder that "You are here to read the law", or that "The law is read, not heard or seen" or as the interrogative exchanged by old boys "Where did you read the law?"   That oft quoted expression conveys the nearly universally accepted belief that the law is in the cases and there is no avoiding the chore of reviewing as many cases and treatises and commentaries thereon as one can digest. 

This Class and Study Guide was designed to support students' reading of the law by providing the student with specific objectives and comprehension tasks to direct and focus their attention while reviewing the relevant literature.  These objectives are intended to inform the students' approach to the subject matter and in and of themselves represent a methodology for processing and digesting the written material being consumed.  Questions and goals guide and direct the students' search and analysis for legal premises, arguments and conclusions. We hope that we have through this guide provided an opportunity to our students not just to take control of their own learning but to give an incentive to grow in their knowledge of the law through independent research and analysis.

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

Albert Einstein

Dawn M. McNeil - Resident Tutor

Dexter C. Wadsworth- Programme Director...
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