Teaching dissent in the Law School: have students learned to disagree?

Mercer, Sarah, Rogers, Christopher and Sandford-Couch, Clare (2011) Teaching dissent in the Law School: have students learned to disagree? Liverpool Law Review, 32 (2). pp. 135-148. ISSN 0144-932X

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Abstract

This paper offers an analysis of the qualitative evidence obtained from a research project in relation to the teaching of a module on the Trials of Dissenters in the context of an undergraduate law degree. It will consider whether a pedagogically innovative course has encouraged and enabled undergraduate law students to think more creatively on the issues raised by specific historic trials and to be prepared to construct more critical and open ended arguments. The study of the Trials of Dissenters, we hoped, would encourage our students to dissent both from the standard model of legal education and from the acceptance of what lecturers say as ‘‘true’’. We here consider the success of our project in relation to how students view dissent.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 01 May 2012 14:47
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6635

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