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Postgraduate Course: Intellectual Property - Law and Society (LAWS11202)

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SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will examine Intellectual property from a law and society perspective, what is also considered to be socio-legal studies. It will build on the legal knowledge acquired by the students from existing courses on the legal and international aspects of IP law and will provide a complementary inter-disciplinary perspective to the subject. It will do so by introducing various studies and enquiries which have used, amongst others, historical, legal & economical, socio-legal and anthropological approaches to question and critique important concepts and policy questions within Intellectual Property law. It will centre on several existing empirical studies to enable the students to gain an awareness of the perceptions and implications of IP law in the real world. These examples will give some insight into the application and role of IP law for the various stakeholders, i.e. creators, rights owners, users, the general public and the public interest, and will serve as case studies for the students to develop their own critical and empirical research.

The course will require the students to address a real or hypothetical question in the field of IP law using any one or more of the above approaches. This will give them hands-on experience to examine IP law in society by relying on secondary or primary source materials from non-legal areas and relating them to legal materials.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Knowledge of the core elements of Intellectual Property Law including patents, trademarks, copyright and design rights. This knowledge can be either acquired through undertaking the Intellectual Property 1 and 2 courses or demonstrated through any earlier knowledge, training or experience that students may have.
Additional Costs None
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Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will have acquired -
- An awareness of the role and importance of the law and society perspective for IP law in addition to the doctrinal approach, in understanding many key questions and concepts.
- An appreciation of how such perspectives contribute to an evaluation of IP policy and practice;
- A deeper understanding of the concepts and normative questions permeating IP law;
- A practical understanding of policy questions in IP law through carrying out a piece of non-legal research and setting it appropriately within its legal context.
- Transferable skills including (a) communication skills, oral and written (b) intellectual skills in identifying a non-legal approach to address a legal problem, the ability to gather and engage with non-legal materials, organise, evaluate and present them with relevant arguments (c) Managing time and taking responsibility for their work (d) team work skills
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIntellectual Property Law; Law and Society; Socio-legal studies
Course organiserDr Smita Kheria
Course secretaryMs Karin Bolton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2022
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