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Postgraduate Course: The Anatomy of Civil Law (LAWS11309)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of Roman law at Masters level. Through an examination of original sources [in translation] students will be exposed both to primary and secondary source material as well as to the most recent academic debates on these sources. Topics that will be covered include the law of Persons and Family, the law of Property, Obligations and Succession.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in Civil (Roman) law at Ordinary level
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA pass in Civil (Roman) law at Ordinary level
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
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. Knowledge and Understanding:

Demonstrate and/or work with:
- Knowledge that covers and integrates most, if not all, of the main areas of Roman law ¿ including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.
- A critical understanding of the principal theories, principles and concepts.
- A critical understanding of a range of specialised theories, principles and concepts.
- Extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms, much of which is at, or informed by, developments at the forefront.
- A critical awareness of current issues in a subject/discipline and one or more specialisms.

2. Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding:

Use a significant range of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials which are associated with a subject/discipline.
Use a range of specialised skills, techniques, practices and/or materials which are at the forefront of, or informed by, forefront developments.
Apply a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent instruments and techniques of enquiry.
Plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development.
Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge, understanding and/ or practices.
Practise in a wide and often unpredictable variety of professional level contexts.

3. Generic Cognitive Skills:

Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of, or informed by, developments at the forefront of Roman law.
Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.
Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in Roman law.
Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.

4. Communication, ITC and Numeracy Skills:

Use a range of advanced and specialised skills as appropriate to Roman law,for example:
- Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
- Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
- Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data.

5. Autonomy, Accountability, Working with Others:

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
Take responsibility for own work and/or significant responsibility for the work of others.
Take responsibility for a significant range of resources.
Demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development.
Practise in ways which draw on critical reflection on own and others¿ roles and responsibilities.
Assessment Information
100 % Essay
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description The aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of Roman law at Masters level. Through an examination of primary source material in translation, it aims to introduce students to the latest scholarship and academic debates on a range of subjects within the discipline.
Syllabus 1. Public Law and the Rule of Law
2. Legal Professionals and Legal Culture
3. Settling Disputes
4. Persons before the Law
5. Relations between Individuals
Transferable skills Critical analysis, evaluation, interpretation
Reading list To be supplied later
Study Abroad n/a
Study Pattern 20 credit course - broken down into reading lists and 2 hr seminars.
KeywordsRoman law
Course organiserDr P Du Plessis
Tel: (0131 6)50 9701
Course secretaryMiss Aimie Little
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010
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