Postgraduate Course: Sexual Offending and the Law (LAWS11264)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will examine contemporary approaches to the law of sexual offences in comparative perspective. Topics to be covered will include the definition of rape, the age of consent, the proper extent of criminalisation of consensual sexual conduct, evidential issues in the proof of sexual offences. The closing seminars of the course will bring these issues together by examining how law reform bodies in a variety of different jurisdictions have addressed the challenges they pose.
This course is a core (but optional) course for the LLM in Criminal Law and the LLM in Criminal Justice. It is optional for students on other masters programmes within the School of Law.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay (80%) and further exercise (oral or / and written), to be specified in course guide at start of semester (20%).
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Understand developments in the law of sexual offences in comparative perspective, including the law of evidence and proof.
2. Explain and critically analyse the policy and doctrinal approaches underpinning such developments.
3. Critically assess proposals for further reform of the law.
4. Demonstrate development of key research, communication and personal effectiveness skills:
¿ the ability to synthesise and communicate information and ideas effectively in written and oral form
¿ the ability to present to others research and scholarly work relating to their own and foreign legal cultures
¿ the ability to work independently, seeking relevant advice and support when necessary
¿ the ability to work constructively as a member of a group or team, to assert leadership or follow instructions effectively
|To be distributed in advance of seminars|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research skills; oral and written communication skills; problem-solving and critical analysis skills; teamwork skills
|Course organiser||Prof Gerry Maher
|Course secretary||Mr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010