Undergraduate Course: EU and UK Equality Law (LAWS10151)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course is designed to introduce students to EU Social Policy, the overall importance of European Equality Law to the European Programme and the domestic law in the Equality Act 2010. This will include an overview of a range of topics which comprise the subject of EU and UK Equality law, including equal treatment laws in the context of employment and the provision of services, EU equal pay law and family-friendly policies.
By the end of the course, students should have:
(a) a general understanding of the areas of EU & UK Equality law and EU social policy discussed in the course;
(b) a detailed and specific knowledge of particular areas of EU & UK Equality law within this broader framework;
(c) an understanding of major Equality law issues and debates in the EU and UK;
(d) developed skills of reading and critical analysis enabling them to evaluate the work of EU & UK Equality law scholars;
(e) developed written and oral skills, including the clear and succinct expression of ideas; and
(f) a basic grounding in research skills and techniques in EU & UK Equality law and social policy.
2. EU Social Policy and domestic context (including examination of Treaty/Charter, Employment Directives, Services Directives) & Models of Equality (formal v substantive and how the approach of the Equality Act 2010 differs and/or goes further);
3. Direct / Indirect Discrimination - concepts in EU law and how they are reflected (or not) in the Equality Act 2010;
4. Harassment and victimisation - concepts in EU law and how they are reflected (or not) in the Equality Act 2010;
5. Sex and Race;
6. Disability and Age;
7. Religion and Sexual Orientation;
8. Equal Pay;
9. Preg/Maternity and Family Friendly Rights (including Part Time and Fixed Term Regs); and
10. Positive Discrimination, Defences (GORs), Liability and Enforcement - comparison between EU position and the Equality Act 2010.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge and Sources of Law: - A general understanding of the areas of EU & UK Equality law and EU social policy discussed in the course; - A detailed and specific knowledge of particular areas of EU & UK Equality law within a broader framework; - An understanding of major Equality law issues and debates in the EU and UK; and - An understanding of how external norms, such as EU law, are incorporated, resisted or accommodated at the local level within populations among states.
- Subject-specific Skills: - developed skills of reading and critical analysis enabling them to evaluate the work of EU & UK Equality law scholars; - an ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret relevant source material; - identifying the material legal issue under discussion; - developing an advanced approach to critically addressing complex legal questions; - apply knowledge of legal rules/concepts/principles to solve legal problems; - critique conventional legal rules and doctrines; and - further develop an awareness of the need to provide evidence for assertions and in argument, in particular appropriate legal authority.
- General Transferable Intellectual Skills: - developed written and oral skills, including the clear and succinct expression of ideas; - a basic grounding in research skills and techniques in EU & UK Equality law and social policy; - developing complex evaluative and critical reasoning; - developing creative thinking; - develop an ability to apply knowledge outcomes to complex questions in written and oral form; - develop an advanced ability to present arguments for and against a proposition in a dispassionate manner; - develop the faculty of assessing and presenting the relative weight to be accorded to arguments; - develop doctrinal and taxonomical skills in a logical manner; and - using electronic legal resources at an advanced level.
- Key Personal Skills: - develop advanced written communication skills by way of examination, including the ability to compose written work in conformity with a prescribed format; - formatting and presentation skills by virtue of word processing; - oral communication skills developed in seminar discussions; and - group work and the importance of appreciating different dynamics within a group, and learning to respect the opinions of other people even if there is disagreement.
- Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values: - explaining the broad economic context of UK and EU Equality law; - fostering an awareness of the moral and philosophical questions posed by the principle of equality; and - provide students with a space to reflect on their view of equality law against a backdrop of their practical application.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||EU and UK Equality
|Course organiser||Mr David Cabrelli
Tel: (0131 6)50 2068
|Course secretary||Ms Olivia Hayes
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588