Postgraduate Course: Scottish Contemporary Public Law (Practical Elective) (LAWS11436)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course covers key legal issues and has a focus on the knowledge and skills required of a lawyer involved in public sector work. The course focuses on the different processes and challenges within both Central Government and Local Government. It also covers public interest litigation and judicial review - using the law as a tool for campaigning and policy change.
This course aims to develop your awareness of:
- the processes and functions of both Central Government and Local Government. The aim is to explore the advisory role of a public sector lawyer and the key considerations in decision/policy making.
- the legislative framework that governs both Central Government and Local Government and the relevant governance in respect of the political aspects.
- how and why universities are affected by public law, including principles of public procurement.
The objective of the course is to enhance your legal skills and knowledge in this area of the law. It is also aims to enhance and consolidate your knowledge, understanding and personal reflection on the Law Society of Scotland's PEAT 1 Mandatory and Core Outcomes, which you have already experienced and shall continue to experience on the Diploma core courses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 4 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 1,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
On average, students are expected to spend four hours a week completing independent study activities
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The Scottish Contemporary Public Law elective is assessed by continuous assessment. Students will receive a percentage mark for the whole course. 60% of this will be based on class performance, and 40% of this will be based on an assessed written exercise.
||Feedback is provided to student in various forms. Students will receive verbal feedback from tutors on in-class presentations, general comments on class assignments when these are handed back in class and, in general, on class performance, mainly looking at the class as a whole. Students also receive specific written feedback on assignments, where necessary.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- The processes and functions of both Central Government and Local Government. The aim is to explore the advisory role of a public sector lawyer and the key considerations in decision/policy making.
- The legislative framework that governs both Central Government and Local Government and the relevant governance in respect of the political aspects..
- How and why universities are affected by public law, including principles of public procurement.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||All elective courses on the Diploma require students to develop the following skills:
Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
- problem solving
- analytical thinking
- critical thinking
- independent research
- the ability to handle complexity and ambiguity
Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
- ethics and social responsibility
- self-awareness and reflection
- independent learning and development
- creativity and inventive thinking
- decision making
Skills and abilities in Communication
- interpersonal skills
- verbal communication and presentation
- written communication
- influencing and negotiation skills
Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
- planning, organising and time management
- commercial / professional / situational awareness
- team working
- assertiveness and confidence
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Seven workshops, each lasting 3 hours.
Total of 21 contact hours.
|Keywords||Diploma,Practical Elective,Scottish Contemporary Public Law
|Course organiser||Ms Laura McBrien
|Course secretary||Ms Margaret Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)50 2004