Undergraduate Course: Issues in Child Law (LAWS10160)
|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||This course will examine a range of issues in child law, namely: Children's Hearing System; Adoption; Education; and Child Protection and Sexual Offences (all tbc). For each issue, students will examine the historical background from a Scots law, as well as a European, perspective. As the semester develops, the issues will be drawn together to allow for consideration of how the gradual recognition of children's rights and responsibilities has affected each issue over the last 20 years. Finally, students will have the opportunity to consider whether, amongst other developments, the new Children's Hearings (S) Act 2011 and the (draft) Rights of Children and Young People Bill addresses any outstanding issues and help to formulate an overall approach that will benefit the position of children and young people in Scots society.
Indicative teaching programme:
1. General introduction and background to the issues that will be explored during the course.
2. The development of children¿s rights, the European influence and comparisons with other jurisdictions.
3. The historical background to the Children¿s Hearing System, its changing structure and its current and future place in the legal system.
4. The development of the law relating to adoption, the increasing involvement of children in their own adoption, the changes brought about by the Adoption and Children (S) Act 2007, permanence orders, etc
5. The effect of the growing amount of emerging statute law relating to education since the Education (S) Act 1980; the position of the child as an effective player in his or her own educational decisions; how the state ensures equality in educational provision for typically developing children and those with additional support needs.
6. The relatively sudden growth in the law relating to the protection of children, including sexual offences against children and sexual offence committed by children.
7. Bringing together the important issues and investigating if they complement one another or are, in some parts, mutually exclusive.
8. Investigating and researching the role of the adult, professional and carer ¿ facilitator or protector?
9. Assessing the intentions behind the Rights of Children and Young People Bill. Does this help or hinder?
10. Drawing the course issues together and concluding if we, as a society, are producing fully functioning, confident and productive adults.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed: (
Family Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08126) OR
Family Law Ordinary (LAWS08101))
||Other requirements|| Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email Law.UGO@ed.ac.uk
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.
**Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**
Priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Law department, and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional spaces for general exchange students & independent study abroad students to enrol; we will look into this on a case-by-case basis in September/January. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space.
These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
Students must have passed Family Law Ordinary (LAWS08101) or an equivalent course at their home institution.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|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)
||The course work will consist of a time-limited take-home written assignment of 4000 words (100%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge and Sources of Law: By the end of the course, students will have: a) an enhanced understanding of the historical background that paved the way for current attitudes to children and their legal status; b) an enhanced knowledge of current and future important issues in child law; c) an enhanced understanding of the relationship that exists between different issues in child law; d) an extensive knowledge of the development of legislation to address the growing needs of a society that increasingly recognises the need to prioritise the rights of children; e) an ability to research and critically comment on the government¿s attempts, through legislation and other means, to recognise the status of children in society.
- Subject-specific Skills: By the end of the course, students will have: a) developed the skills necessary to research, analyse and interpret source materials; b) developed the skills necessary to identify important current and future relevant issues that require further research and discussion; c) developed the skills necessary to analyse critically the sources and research materials and to develop opinions and views based on their analyses; d) developed the skills necessary to apply the knowledge gained to a range of legal questions and scenarios; e) developed the ability to identify areas of unmet need and present well-prepared arguments to address those needs.
- General Transferable Intellectual Skills: This course will provide students with the opportunity to: a) develop skills associated with research and investigation; b) develop skills that will enable them to present coherent arguments to support a range of viewpoints, as required; c) develop creative thinking skills; d) develop interpersonal verbal and written skills; e) develop the ability to work independently and within a small team.
- Key Personal Skills: This course will provide students with the opportunity to: a) develop and enhance oral and written skills to a high standard; b) develop their ability to prepare and lead class or group discussions and to keep within require time limits; c) develop an ability to listen and take on board the views and opinions of others; d) enhance their electronic research skills and abilities.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mrs Kathleen MacFarlane
|Course secretary||Ms Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053