Postgraduate Course: Sexual Offending and the Law (LAWS11264)
|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||This course will examine contemporary approaches to the law of sexual offences in comparative perspective. Topics to be covered can include, amongst others, the definition of rape, sex trafficking, the prosecution of sexual offences, sentencing and treatment of sex offenders, sex work, the proper extent of criminalisation of consensual sexual conduct, and evidential issues in the proof of sexual offences.
This course is a core (but optional) course for the LLM in Criminal Law and the LLM in Criminal Justice. It is optional for students on other masters programmes within the School of Law.
The aim of this course is to critically examine contemporary approaches to the law and policy relating to sexual offences, taking account of theoretical, empirical and doctrinal perspectives.
It will be taught as a series of 2-hour discursive seminars, which students will prepare for in advance by way of a topic specific reading list. Since this is a rapidly changing field, topics included will reflect contemporary discussions of sexual offences in the UK and internationally.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|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)
(* Component marks contribute to student's overall course mark/grade. The aim of summative assessments is to assess student learning).
1) Essay (80%)
2) Further exercise (oral or / and written), to be specified in course guide at start of semester (20%)
||Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.
Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.
Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand developments in the substantive law of sexual offences in UK jurisdictions, and some international jurisdictions, and some aspects of the law of evidence and proof.
- Explain and critically analyse the policy, theoretical and doctrinal underpinnings of such developments, as well as the empirical research relating to sexual offences.
- Critically assess proposals for further reform of the law.
- Through assessment (for example in class participation, formative assessment and summative assessment) students will be able to demonstrate, in written and oral form, development of key research, communication and personal effectiveness skills, such as: the ability to synthesise and communicate information and ideas effectively in written and oral form; the ability to present to others research and scholarly work; the ability to work independently, seeking relevant advice and support when necessary; the ability to work constructively as a member of a group or team; to assert leadership or follow instructions effectively.
|To be distributed in advance of seminars|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research skills; oral and written communication skills; problem-solving and critical analysis skills; teamwork skills.
|Course organiser||Dr Sharon Cowan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8000
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Culross
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588