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Postgraduate Course: Intellectual Property Law: Copyright and Related Rights (LAWS11258)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe purpose of this module is to consider the law relating to copyright, design right, database right and performers' rights within their institutional setting at the international, European and national levels.

Recent years have witnessed an expansion in the scope of intellectual property rights. Having examined the institutional setting in which policy is formed, the reach and impact of these rights within the UK will be analysed. The teaching sessions will also highlight areas of particular topicality.
Course description The aims of this module are to:
1. Highlight the institutional framework in which policy is formulated and law developed in the areas of copyright and design rights and related rights
2. Consider the impact of international and European policy making on the scope of these rights
3. Explore how copyright, design rights and related rights may be infringed
4. Consider the interests that the law protects and investigate the extent to which it is successful in balancing those interests.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students must have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One end of term assessment of up to 4,000 words (80%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%).

Requirements for all module assessments will be outlined to students at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students can expect to receive timely feedback on their assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate the variety of institutions involved in the field of copyright and related rights and understand their role and functions in policy making.
  2. Identify the rights in practice, explain their scope and indicate when and how those rights may be infringed.
  3. Critically assess the development of the law and how changes affect different interests.
  4. Explain current developments in the law and contribute in an informed manner to ongoing debate as to the proper role of these rights.
Reading List
The set textbook for this module is: C Waelde, A Brown, S Kheria and J Cornwell, Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy, Fourth Edition, Oxford University Press, 2016.

A list of core readings for the whole module, organised by the weekly learning sessions, will be available in advance of the module. Detailed reading lists are then available each week.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

a) Research and Enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;

b) Personal and Intellectual Autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;

c) Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;

d) Personal Effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;

Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the module, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online distance learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online distance learning.
KeywordsIntellectual Property,Copyright,Design rights,Performers¿ rights,Database right
Course organiserDr Smita Kheria
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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