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Undergraduate Course: Entertainment Law (LAWS10161)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionEntertainment Law is a course about the legal aspects of industries such as music, theatre, cinema, and gambling. It considers issues of public law (especially the licensing process for venues and events) and private law (especially contracts and the management of image). The focus is on the study of legal tools that are specific to a given industry or to entertainment law in general, with particular attention being paid to appreciating the role played by relevant legal and policy actors (associations, unions, specialist agencies, self-regulatory systems). The core aims are to introduce the different legal/regulatory risks which are important within the entertainment industries, to promote problem-solving and attention to detail, and to encourage students to scrutinise and criticise the impact of legislation and administrative action on cultural, social and economic aspects of entertainment (including audience / consumer matters).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. 1. Knowledge and Sources of Law:
a) An advanced understanding of the law of licensing of Scotland
b) An understanding of the law of licensing of England
c) An advanced understanding of the law of gambling and of television production of the UK
d) An appreciation of the constraints on local authority decisions through judicial review of administrative action
e) A deeper knowledge of the application of private law (particularly contract) in the entertainment industries

2. 2. Subject-specific Skills:
a) Understanding how legislative principles are translated into administrative processes and standard agreements
b) Criticism of legal doctrines (both public and private law), including the cultural and economic consequences of these doctrines
c) Comparing different systems (particularly over time, but also between jurisdictions and between different forms of entertainment)

3. 3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:
a. Attention to detail
b. Use of electronic resources
c. Presentation of arguments

4. 4. Key Personal Skills:
a. Advanced writing skills
b. Group work, including problem-solving and co-operation
c. Note-taking, and analysis of dense textual information

5. 5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:
a. Awareness of the roles of different parties (e.g. applicants, objectors and decision-makers in relation to licensing; artists, agents and managers in relation to music industry contracts) and their various duties
b. Sensitivity to the balance of interests in relation to the regulation of entertainment (e.g. through the history of gambling of theatres, debates on moral aspects).
Assessment Information
(i) 25% in-class assessment, parts A and B
Part A (worth 10% of final grade): short written report on local authority business (e.g. on the hearing of a licence application)
Part B (worth 15% of final grade): group presentation for Problem exercise 2. (Problem exercise 1 is formative but will follow a similar format). The rubric and marking will follow such School instructions as exist regarding making this format suitable for external examiner review.

(ii) 75% essay

Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Indicative teaching programme

1. Entertainment: introduction to law and policy
2. Regulating entertainment in the 20th century
3. Legislation, licensing and local authorities: entertainment, cinema/theatre, alcohol
4. Continued from week 3
5. Gambling and the National Lottery (UK law)
6. Problem exercise 1: the night-time economy
7. Music industry contracts
8. Image rights
9. Television production
10. Problem exercise 2: festivals
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Daithi Mac Sithigh
Tel: (0131 6)50 9510
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