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Undergraduate Course: International Law in Global Affairs (LAWS10228)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of international law in structuring global affairs. It is an advanced course, assuming knowledge of the fundamentals of the international legal order. It exposes students to range of cutting-edge international legal issues across a wide range of sub-fields, from international human rights law, to humanitarian law, trade and investment law, and environmental law. It will be of most interest to those students with a generalist interest in international law, but could also complement well more specialised international law courses.
Course description The course will be delivered as ten seminars on topics which may include the following:

International Law in History
International Law as Global Administration: International Organisations
International Law and Global Adjudication: International Courts
International Law and Human Rights
International Law and Peace: Use of Force
International Law and War: International Humanitarian Law
International Law and Criminal Justice
International Law and the Environment
International Law and the Economy
International Law and Development
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: International Law Ordinary (semester 1) (LAWS08114)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  32
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) This course will be assessed by one 4000-word essay (100%).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The course explores the disciplines of international law with the purpose of understanding how global affairs are governed internationally through law. The focus is in particular on rules, institutions and doctrines developed over the last century to organise and legalise international life. It will address cross-cutting and contemporary issues across a variety of sub-fields of international governance, such as peace and war, human rights, environmental protection, economy and development.
  2. In this course students will learn how to engage with complex areas of law and how to analyse complex arguments on the topic of the course.
  3. Critical Analytical skills; Comprehension; Prioritization of points in argumentation; Writing skills, in particular summarizing information; articulation of opinion as well as justification of that opinion.
  4. An ability to engage in contemporary debates involving the subject-matter of the course. An ability to formulate opinions on complex materials as well as articulate their point of view.
  5. An ability to critically reflect on some of the most critical problems and tensions that define the international legal order and current global governance. Identification and application of international legal rules.
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Keywordsinternational law,global affairs
Course organiserDr Stephen Neff
Tel: (0131 6)50 2067
Course secretaryMr Ryan McGuire
Tel: (0131 6)50 2339
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