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Postgraduate Course: The Anatomy of Public Law (LAWS11214)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWhy do we have law? What is the state? What authority does the state have over us? What are fundamental rights and where do they come from? Why should unelected judges decide whether a headscarf ban is legitimate or a magazine has the right to publish images which some religions find offensive? Do we really want fully democratic government? Should we be worried about the empowerment of global governance institutions and what should we do about it?

Course description This course will explore answers to these and other questions found in the theory and practice of contemporary public and constitutional law. The course excavates the foundations of the practices, values, concepts and ideals of public and constitutional law in order to get a better understanding of their nature and assess how they can help resolve these pressing questions of contemporary social and political life.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
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) One essay
Feedback This will involve working through a sample essay question with the course instructor
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The course intends to provide a deep understanding of the historical and philosophical understandings of the modern branch of law known as 'public law'.
  2. THis course will familiarise students with contemporary debates about the current and future development of public law.
  3. Students will be encouraged to develop their research skills in historical, philosophical and comparative dimension of legal inquiry.
Reading List
None is required in advance of this course and seminar readings will be provided in advance of the class
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills LO 3. Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
Deal with complex issues and make informed judgments in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information. Especially, capacity to engage with a holistic assessment of complex policies at the national level relating to the insurance industry.
Identify the need for and engage with interdisciplinary cooperation to create and implement effective public policies.

LO 4. Skills and abilities in Communication
Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues, and specialists.
Participate to a brainstorming and contribute to a collective reflections on issue solving
Understand a broad variety of sources.

LO 5. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
Develop their ability to work independently under fixed deadlines.
Develop their ability to lead and participate in team work.
Develop their assertiveness with peers and supervising staff.
Participate effectively in seminars and discussions.
Develop their ability to present the outcome of independent research in a clear written and oral form.
Keywordspublic law,constitutional law,constitutional theory,judicial review,human rights
Course organiserDr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh
Course secretaryMr Kevin Duckworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
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