LAW06040 2016 Principles of Law - SCP

General Details

Full Title
Principles of Law - SCP
Transcript Title
Principles of law
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Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Deirdre McCaffrey
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice


The module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows: 

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

Domain 3: Safety and Quality

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills 



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the primary sources of law, structure and administration of the Irish judicial system.


Discuss the constitutional and statutory rights of children to education and the corresponding responsibilities of parents and the State (Domain 5.1, 5.3).


Explore how the rights of persons with disabilities are protected in areas such as health, education, and access to public services (Domain 1.5, 2.9, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.14, 5.15)


Demonstrate familiarity with United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child standards and how their reflection in domestic law ensures enjoyment of these right by children within the State (Domain 1.5, 1.8, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3).     


Examine legal obligations in the context of accountability to the service use (Domain: 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 1.9, 1.10, 1.13, 1.17, 2.9, 3.7, 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, 5.1, 5.3)


Display required cognisance of equality law in Ireland (Domain 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  1. A combination of lectures and tutorials
  2. Computer laboratory workshop
  3. Court visit is mandatory

Module Assessment Strategies

Learners assessed by way of continuous assessment (50%) and exam (50%)

Example of continuous assessment: UN Convention on Rights of Child portfolio reflecting applicable domestic law


The module’s assessment strategy allows for assessment of CORU Standards of proficiency as follows:-

Exam 50%  (Domain 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 1.13, 2.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3) 

Continuous assessment (Domain 1.1, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.13, 1.17, 2.9, 3.7, 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.14, 5.15)


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assignments will follow format as set out under assessment strategies

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative syllabus

1 The nature and sources of law

·The meaning of law; sources of law

·Distinguish between civil and criminal codes

·Structure and jurisdiction of the courts – independence of judges; precedent


2 Accountability to the service user

·Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005

·Tort -Negligence

·Data Protection and Freedom of Information

3 Equality

  • Constitution: Art 40 and right to equality
  • Legislation: Equal Status Act, 2000 – 2015

4. Education

·International: UNCRC - Art 28, Art 29 and Art 2

·Constitution: Art 42 of the Constitution and rights/duties concerning education

·Legislation:Education Act, 1998: Education Welfare Act, 2000 Equal Status Act 2000 – 2015

5 Disability law

·International: UNCRC Art 23andUNCRPD

·Constitution: Art 42right of children with disabilities to education

·Legislation:Special Needs Act, 2004: Disability Act, 2005 and Citizens Information Act, 2007

6. Human Rights

·History of human rights

·United Nations Conventions: UNCRC UNCRPD

·Fundamental rights in the Constitution Art 40


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 continuous assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % Week 4 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam - formal Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Law lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom seminar activities 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Hamilton C. (2011) Irish Social Work and Social Care Law Dublin: Gill Education
Davenport R. (2009) Fundamentals of Irish Law Dublin: Gill and Macmillan
Doolan B. (200) Principles of Irish Law Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

O Malley T. (2001) Sources of Law 2ed Dublin: Round Hall Sweet and Maxwell

Donovan D. (2010) The Irish Legal System Dublin: Round Hall Nutshells

Kenneally A. and Tully J. (2013) The Irish Legal System Dublin: Clarus Press

Byrne R. and McCutcheon P. (2014) Byrne & McCutchean on the Irish Legal System (6th ed) Bloomsbury
Ryan F. (2008) Constitutional law Dublin: Thomson Roundhall

Kinsella J. (2008) Health, Safety and Welfare Law in Ireland Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

Moore Walsh K.(2010) Make that Grade: Irish Tort law Dublin: Gill and Macmillan 3rd ed
Kilkelly U. (2008) Children's Rights in Ireland Law, Policy and Practice Dublin: Tottel publishing
Shannon G. (2010) Child Law (2nd edn) Dublin: Round Hall
Nestor J. (2009) Irish Family Law Dublin: Gill EducationWilliams G. Learning the Law London: Sweet & Maxwell



URL Resources 





Other Resources

Bunreacht na hEireann

Acts of the Oireachtas and Statutory Instruments

Reports/investigations of the office of Ombudsman for Children 

Law Reform Commission reports

Law Society Gazette  Irish Times   

Additional Information

A court visit is mandatory