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Undergraduate Course: Intellectual Property: Copyright and Related Rights (LAWS10206)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will involve study of the law of copyright, designs, performers¿ rights, moral rights, database rights and related legal and policy issues. The focus is on UK and EU law in this field.
Course description This course will involve study of the law of copyright, designs, performers¿ rights, moral rights, database rights and related legal and policy issues. The focus is on UK and EU law in this field.

The aims of this course are:
- To develop the analytical and critical skills of students by detailed examination of the relevant legislation, cases, treaties and other legal instruments governing copyright, designs, performers¿ rights, moral rights and database rights in the UK, Europe and beyond;
- To foster critical understanding and evaluation of areas of controversy within this area of law;
- To instil in students an ability to analyse and apply the law to different scenarios and to criticise constructively current laws and to suggest and evaluate possible reforms;
- To develop the written and oral skills of students through class discussion and written assessments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework, consisting of one set end-of-term problem-based essay.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to submit an outline written answer to a mock problem-style essay question as the formative exercise on this course and to receive written feedback on their answers. The problem question will also be discussed in class and group feedback will be provided on the required technique and approach to answer it.

Feedback for the coursework will be released via Learn once all work has been marked.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the current law in the United Kingdom and Europe as it relates to copyright, designs, performers' rights, moral rights and database rights;
  2. Differentiate between the approaches of the UK, Europe and other legal systems towards the protection of these forms of intellectual property;
  3. Analyse and apply the law to different scenarios and to comment critically on the current state of the law in these systems;
  4. Identify the problems currently beleaguering the said systems in the field and to propose viable alternative means by which the problems could be circumvented.
Reading List
The set textbook for this course, which will be referred to in all reading lists, is:

C Waelde, A Brown, S Kheria, J Cornwell, Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (OUP, 4th edn, 2016)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will require students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding:
- in using the skills of legal research, analysis and critical thinking associated with the practice of intellectual property law
- in executing a defined project in their analysis and response to this course¿s assessed problem-style essay.

The course will engender in students the ability to
- critically identify and analyse the intellectual property rights studied in this course
- demonstrate some originality and creativity in considering the policy and other issues underlying the legal issues with respect to those intellectual property rights
- critically review and consolidate their knowledge and thinking in respect of the relevant intellectual property rights
- make judgements between a range of secondary sources and commentaries

The course will require students to
- exercise autonomy and initiative
- work with their class mates in class discussion during the seminars to bring about development in their thinking
KeywordsIntellectual Property; Copyright; Designs; Performers' Rights; Database Rights; UK and EU Law
Course organiserDr Smita Kheria
Course secretaryMrs Susan Leask
Tel: (0131 6)50 2344
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