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Module Introduction (COVID-19 Update)

Module Introduction (COVID-19 Update) video
Hello. This is James Lee, the course leader
for the Modern Judiciary: Who our judges are, what they do, and why that matters. We just met in one introductory video, but this is a bonus introduction to reflect the fact that we’re beginning our course again in June 2020. The course first ran in February of this year, and we were delighted with how it went, with high levels of engagement from the participants and very positive feedback. So we wanted to offer it again. And in this run, we’ve incorporated some elements of feedback from participants on how we can improve the course further.
In addition, since the first run of the course, countries around the world have implemented a number of public health measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and that applies also in England and in Wales. And so, first of all, I’m here recording a video in my flat. And we wanted to reassure you that the other video content, interviews with the judges, filming in the courts, and so on, was undertaken in 2019, prior to any lockdown measures. So, everything we’ve done has been fully compliant with relevant regulations, even if you’ll see me not socially distanced from the judges in question when interviewing them.
We have also updated some of the course content to reflect at least some of the responses of the justice system to the coronavirus. And we’ve also highlighted some further reading for those who are particularly interested. Nonetheless, the structure of the course remains consistent because it’s still intended to serve as an introduction to the role of judges in the legal system in England and Wales, speaking to eternal themes rather than only the pressing challenges of the coronavirus situation.
And on behalf of Kings, the judicial office, and our partners at FutureLearn, we think it’s really important to be able to offer another run, precisely because of the circumstances in which we all find ourselves in our respective residences, providing a free, open massive online course for students to engage and participants at whatever stage of their education to learn more about what judges do and why it matters. But it’s designed to be really suitable for those who might be interested in studying law as a degree or indeed for those who might be about to begin a law degree in the academic year, 2021.
This course will serve to introduce you to some key aspects of the legal system in England and Wales. And it will also give you a taste of online education, engaging with other people via discussion boards and other interactive elements, which may well be a feature of education in the coming academic year. So we were proud of the course in the first place, and we are even more proud now to be able to bring it again to the wider public for engagement. We also wanted to take the opportunity to extend our best wishes to you and your loved ones at this very difficult time.
And the aim of this video was to introduce the situation in June, 2020, as well as the wider themes of the course. The passage of time can be shown by the fact that I now have a beard. We very much look forward, though, to engaging with you during the running of this course over five weeks. If you have questions, please do ask. We’re very happy to try and respond and to point you in the direction of relevant resources and so on. But we really enjoyed the first run of the course in February, and we look forward very much to the second run here in June and July of 2020. Thank you very much indeed. Enjoy the course.
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