Laying down the law
by The Open University
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
Using examples drawn from the operation of the English justice system, the pathway looks at these big questions. An important issue that brings the law head on with personal freedom is the role of the law in our right to die. There are legally controlled limits to our own decisions in this area, and the actions of our loved ones on our behalf. Is it right that the state places itself between an individual and their perceived right to stop their life of pain and suffering? And what safeguards are there to protect all concerned where an individual wishes to commit suicide but is physically unable due to their illness?
The learning pathway then looks at the law and considers how a fairly typical democratically founded court system – in England – works. It goes on to explore the roles played by lawyers and judges – should their personality and rhetoric be allowed to sway the outcome of a case?
Legal experts then discuss current legal dilemmas such as does prison work. The pathway ends by considering the mechanisms controlling or influencing how laws change, by focusing on the example of an infamous racially motivated murder in London of a black teenager named Stephen Lawrence.
|1||Laying down the law - video introduction||--||2:35||Free||View in iTunes|
||Right to Die||Professor Gary Slapper of The Open University, and Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times discuss issues surrounding assisted suicide and mercy killing.||11:21||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Starting with law: An overview of the law||The law is an interesting and lively subject that touches upon all aspects of everyday life. But how are laws in the UK made and who makes them? This unit will introduce you to the key players in law making in the UK and provide some helpful tips on stu||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Introduction: The passionate advocate||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Passionate Advocate||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law||A short introduction to this album.||0:58||Free||View in iTunes|
||Does prison work?||An ex-prisoner, a prison reformist, a judge and an academic of law discuss the value of incarceration for punishment and rehabilitation.||29:47||Free||View in iTunes|
||Trial by jury||Specialists in various aspects of law discuss the system of trial by jury, which is now 800 years old; but does it have limitations in the 21st century?||21:09||Free||View in iTunes|
||Corporate manslaughter||How can corporate failings be dealt with by the law? Experts in corporate law and prosecution, and safety in industry debate current law and its shortcomings.||22:46||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adoption and donor tracing||Adoption lawyers and researchers of assisted conception discuss the rights of artificially-conceived and adopted children and their parents.||22:34||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freedom of speech||A current affairs journalist, a human rights lawyer and an academic debate issues around freedom of speech and to what extent the law should intervene to restrict it.||24:56||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||The killing of Stephen Lawrence||How the brutal murder of a teenager in 1993 uncovered institutional racism, and became the driving force to improve race relations and criminal justice law in Britain.||11:59||Free||View in iTunes|
||Witnesses and Evidence||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|