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Undergraduate Course: Rulers and Subjects - the Medieval Origins of the Nation State (LAWS10173)

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 course is meant as an introduction to the manifold subject of sovereignty in its historical evolution, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and the Absolutism.
The course will focus especially on:
a) the sovereignty of emperor and pope
b) the growth of national kingdoms;
c) the main theories on consent;
d) the problem of resistance;
e) the limits of sovereignty
f) the Absolutism
Course description The course covers the main aspects of sovereignty and the creation of the nation state in their historical evolution, from the 11th to the 17th centuries. Special attention will be devoted to: the sovereignty of emperor and pope, the growth of national kingdoms, the main theories on consent, the problem of resistance, the limits of sovereignty, the path to Absolutism.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  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

    - Synthesis of complex information and ability to subject to informed critique
    - Offer professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.
    - Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline.
    - Interdisciplinary understandings of complex problems
  3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills

    - Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional level issues.
    - Synthesis of complex information and ability to subject to informed critique
    - Make judgments 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

    - Autonomy
    - Critical self-reflection
    - Appreciation of the value of history in recreating the past and influencing the present.
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KeywordsRulers and Subjects
Course organiserDr Guido Rossi
Tel: (0131 6)50 2052
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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