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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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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.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAge of Merc
Course organiserDr Guido Rossi
Tel: (0131 6)50 2052
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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