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Undergraduate Course: The Age of Mercantilism: the Dutch Republic and the Law, 1648-1795 (LAWS10170)

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 areaEconomic and Social History
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to introduce students to the main sources of Roman-Dutch law and to assess the contribution which Dutch legal scholarship made to the development of law in Western Europe and elsewhere. The course will also survey some of the most important doctrinal advances made by Roman-Dutch jurists and will contextualise Dutch legal scholarship within the broader legal-philosophical trends in European legal scholarship of the period.
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:

Demonstrate and/or work with:
- Knowledge that covers and integrates most of the principal areas, features, boundaries, terminology and conventions of a subject discipline.
- A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles.
- Detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms some of which is informed by or at the forefront of a subject/discipline.
- Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which the subject/discipline is developed, including a range of established techniques of enquiry or research methodologies.

2. Subject-specific Skills:

To obtain a working knowledge of the primary and secondary sources of Roman-Dutch law and how to use these;
To form an appreciation of the Legal, Philosophical and Intellectual currents which influenced the development of Dutch law during this period and the effect which these developments had on other legal systems, including Scotland.

3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:

Critically identify, define, conceptualise, and analyse complex/professional level problems and issues.
Offer professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.
Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline.
Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional level issues.
Make judgements where data/information is limited or comes from a range of sources.

4. Key Personal Skills:

Knowledge and understanding as well as the practice of it, transferable cognitive skills, communication and ICT skills, autonomy, accountability and the ability to work with others.
5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:

An appreciation of the value of history in recreating the past and influencing the present.
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed by 2 essays, one due in the middle of the course (30%), the other at the end of the course (70 %). Essay 1 will be 2.500 words maximum, essay 2 will be 3.500 words maximum. Both are summative.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The following topics will be covered:

1. The legacy of the Eighty-years war
2. The revolt of the Netherlands
3. The political and constitutional structure of the Dutch Republic
4. Natural law in Europe
5. Roman Dutch law (with specific emphasis on Property and Obligations)
6. RDL Persons
7. RDL Property
8. RDL Contract
9. RDL - Delict
10. Scotland and the Dutch Republic
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Guido Rossi
Tel: (0131 6)50 2052
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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