Online Refresher Course In Law

By Prof.Amita Dhanda and Prof Vasanthi Nimushakavi   |   Nalsar University of Law
Learners enrolled: 2355
The refresher course on law titled Evolutions in Legal Pedagogy will trace recent legal developments, inform on technical innovations in order to equip law teachers to practice critical teaching in law. The rapid growth of specializations has resulted in a fragmented understanding of the legal field. In order to reverse this trend, the course has been constructed to enhance general legal understanding. To that end it aims to inform scholars of those contemporary legal developments and controversies which all scholars of law need to know irrespective of their area specialisation. The course aims to promote inter-disciplinary learning by demonstrating how the knowledge created in other disciplines can be used to deepen legal learning; and intra-disciplinary understanding by showing how developments in one field of law impacts on allied fields.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Sep 2019
End Date : 31 Dec 2019
Exam Date :
Category :
  • Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT)
Level : Continuing Education

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Course layout

The Course has three cohorts:  informing of significant legal developments; enhancing technological competencies and developing critical pedagogy.  The lessons on legal updating and critical pedagogy will  be delivered in parallel mode for eleven weeks of the course and one week has been exclusively  devoted to show how technology can be used to strengthen scholarship. The course will bring the participants abreast with developments around competition law, GST, and also analyze legislative changes and judicial pronouncements amongst others on: citizenship, rights of the child, disability, sexual identity, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities. The techniques of developing critical pedagogy will be discussed by closely looking at the teaching of Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, Labour Law, and Legal Theory.  Inter-disciplinary case studies, panel discussions, interactive conversations and interviews have been used to keep the learning interactive and alive. The detailed schedule is given below. 

Introduction to the Course | Amita Dhanda
Panel Discussion: Reflections on being a Teacher | Amita Dhanda, Faizan Mustafa, N Vasanthi 
Module 1 | Critical Teaching: An Introduction
Theory – Introduction | Amita Dhanda
International Law - Introduction | Jagteshwar Singh Sohi
Constitutional Law – Introduction | Faizan Mustafa
Administrative Law – Introduction | Amita Dhanda
Family Law – Introduction | Archana Parashar  

Module 2 | Subjects and Persons before the Law
Theory of Personhood | Amita Dhanda
Legal Construction of Child | Ved Kumari
Disability and Personhood | Amita Dhanda
Disciplining Sexual Identity | Danish Sheikh
Defining the Worker | N Vasanthi
Constituting Legitimacy| Faizan Mustafa
Will of States and International Law| Jagteshwar Singh Sohi

Module 3 | Protection and Agency
Constituting the other Dimensions of Childhood | Ved Kumari
Recognizing Sexual Identity | Danish Sheikh
The Competing Claims of Article 25| Faizan Mustafa
Critiquing Family Law | Archana Parashar
Reimagining Family Law | Archana Parashar

Module 4 | Intersections in Criminal law
Conceptual Underpinnings of Criminal Law | Murali Karnam
Philosophical Justifications of Criminal Law | Murali Karnam
Criminality and Sexuality in Children | Ved Kumari
Grey Zones of Criminality and Consequential Discrimination | Danish Sheikh
Changing Contours of Criminal Responsibility | Amita Dhanda
Critical Teaching of Criminal Law | Murali Karnam

Module 5 | Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion
The Throes of Constitutionalism| Faizan Mustafa
Dialoguing on the Constitutional Value of Fraternity | Aymen Mohammed   
Understanding EWS Reservations | Malavika Prasad
Regional Autonomy and Language Diversity | Manohar Reddy   
Recognizing Oral Learning Cultures | Uma Chimirala       
Seeking Insights from Postmodern Theory | Amita Dhanda

Module 6 | Gaming Technology
Keeping Updated | Aakanksha Kumar and Sahana Ramesh
Understanding Reference Management | Anindita Mukherjee    
Doing Reference Management| Anindita Mukherjee
The Why and When of Power Points | Ved Kumari
The How of Power Points | Ved Kumari

Module 7 | Constitutional Intersections  
The Constitution, the Citizenship Act and Judicial Directives | Faizan Mustafa           
Rights of Minorities under Article 30| Faizan Mustafa
The Travails of the POA Act: T Kannan, Kiruba Munuswamy and Vinod Kumar 
Articles 370, 371 and 356 | Faizan Mustafa
Clinical Legal Education: The Academy’s Engagement with Questions of Justice | Neta Ziv and Ved Kumari  

Module 8 | Interrogating Property and Rights
Distinguishing Land and Property | Astha Saxena
Tribal Land Rights | G Anuradha
Understanding Niyamgiri | Jagteshwar Singh Sohi             
Construing IP as Property | Sourabh Bharti
Positioning IP in International Trade | Sourabh Bharti    
Insights from Critical Race Theory | Amita Dhanda

Module 9 | Law Power and Justice
The Feminist Engagement with Power and Oppression | Amita Dhanda
Knowledge, Power and Justice| Sourabh Bharati
Developing Critical Perspectives in IP Law| Sourabh Bharati
Inducting Diversity in Corporate Management | Anindita Jaiswal
Impact of Globalisation, Liberalisation, Privatisation on Labour Law| N. Vasanthi
Basis of International Law| Jagteshwar Singh Sohi
Understanding the Power Dynamics of International Law | Interview of Judge Neeru Chadha by N. Vasanthi

Module 10 | Levels of Government and Law Reform
Comprehending Federalism | Aymen Mohammed
Revisiting Fiscal Federalism | Neha Pathakji
Tax Reform and GST | Neha Pathakji           
Housing and Law Reform | Anindita Mukherjee
Critically Reading Labour Legislations | N. Vasanthi
The Third World Approach to International Law | Jagteshwar Singh Sohi

Module 11 | Engaging with Institutional Accountability
Tax Rationalisation with GST | Neha Pathakji
Challenges with GST | Neha Pathakji
Inter-sectoral Operation of Competition Law | Sudhanshu Kumar
Foundations of Modern Competition Law | Sudhanshu Kumar
Competition Law Reforms in India | Sudhanshu Kumar   
Critiquing the New Codes of Industrial Relations and Wages | N Vasanthi
Evaluating the New Codes of Social Security and OHS | N. Vasanthi             
Obtaining Accountability through Administrative Law | Amita Dhanda

Module 12 | Evaluating Regulation
The Competition Commission of India | Sudhanshu Kumar
Interface between Labour and Competition Law | N Vasanthi
The Changing Contours of Natural Justice | Amita Dhanda
Political Finance | Aymen Mohammed
Conclusion: Fostering Collegiality | Manisha Sethi

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