General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3080
Course name: Governance and Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course seeks to understand why the state regulates certain activities and behavior in society, what different forms of regulation exist, when and what kind of legal regulation is deemed necessary, how legal regulation is enforced, and the checks and balances against abuse in enforcement. The main objective of the course is to explore the interface between the study of politics and law in understanding governance. Relevant case studies will be included for illustration and discussion.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Ian Thynne thynne@hku.hk C943 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand and critically examine key aspects of modern governance and the role of law in governance.

CLO 2 Analyse theories of regulation and regulatory compliance, along with the reasons why governments decide to regulate or not to regulate particular activities.

CLO 3 Assess regulatory tools available in governance and the role of law in the design and implementation of the tools.

CLO 4 Design a regulatory tool with appropriate legal components that can be used to address a specific governance issue.

CLO 5 Develop a set of regulatory compliance strategies and monitoring processes for governance.

Your understanding and analytical capacity will align with four broad outcomes:

Acquisition of knowledge an ability to understand and learn from relevant experience of regulatory systems from governance and legal perspectives;

Application of knowledge an ability to address ways in which regulatory systems are designed and used in governance;

Creativity an ability to think and act strategically in the design, use and reform of regulatory systems; and

Communication an ability to communicate knowledge and ideas in using appropriate strategies and evidence of significance to regulatory systems.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

lease refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Group project presentation TBA 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper TBA 25% 1, 2, 3
Online exam 10 May 2021 50% 1 1, 2, 3
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/