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Undergraduate Course: Public Law and Individual Rights (LAWS08132)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is concerned with the relationship between law, government and the citizen in Scotland, as a distinct part of the United Kingdom. It has these learning objectives:

a. To develop knowledge and understanding of (i) the main systems in place to protect individuals from unlawful governmental activity, and to protect the human rights and civil liberties of individuals, in particular by judicial review of administrative action and under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Scotland Act 1998; and (ii) the substantive rights of individuals in the context of police powers, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

b. To develop students' skills of (i) case and statute analysis; (ii) legal reasoning; (iii) appreciation of law in its philosophical, social and political context; (iv) criticism; (v) communication, orally and in writing; and (vi) legal research, in part so that the knowledge and understanding gained may be adapted and further developed for future needs.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Public Law of the UK and Scotland (LAWS08091) AND Legal Reasoning and Legal System (LAWS08106)) OR ( Public Law of the UK and Scotland (LAWS08123) AND Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  252
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information First lecture Tuesday 17th September 2013 at 1410 in LT4 Appleton Tower. The second lecture is held on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 1210 in LT B David Hume Tower.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 69 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the citizen and the state both at the Scottish and UK levels and in particular the protection of individual liberty through the mechanisms of judicial review of administrative action, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Scotland Act 1998.

By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a full knowledge and understanding of the following topics in public law and individual rights:

┐ Judicial review: procedure, standing, scope; illegality, procedural impropriety, irrationality and proportionality; controls over delegated legislation
┐ Protection of civil liberties and human rights: European Convention on Human Rights; Human Rights Act 1998; Scottish institutions, judicial review, human rights challenges and ┐devolution issues┐
┐ Police powers: arrest and detention, searches, questioning and rights of individuals in police custody
┐ Freedom of association, assembly, and public order
┐ Freedom of information
Assessment Information
Degree examination 100% of final mark
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Legal reasoning; appreciation of law in its philosophical, social and political context; criticism; communication, orally and in writing.
┐ Recognise, analyse and rank arguments and evidence in terms of relevance
and importance by:
o managing volume of legal sources and select key material to construct written or oral answers to a problem.
o identifying the legal problem from information provided.
o addressing problems by reference to relevant material.
o bringing together and integrating information and materials from a variety of different sources.
o acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context.
o application of the law and problem-solving in a legal context.
o presenting arguments for and against propositions.
┐ Be aware that arguments require to be supported by evidence, in order to meet legal requirements of proof by showing awareness of the need for evidence to support arguments
┐ Apply knowledge and analysis
o in a legal context
o creatively to complex situations in order to provide arguable solutions to concrete problems by presenting a range of viable options from a set of facts and law.
┐ Think critically and make critical judgments on the relative and absolute merits of particular arguments and solutions
┐ Act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which he or she has already studied.
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 2 lectures per week, 5 tutorials
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Navraj Ghaleigh
Tel: (0131 6)50 2069
Course secretaryMrs Heather Haig
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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