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Undergraduate Course: Delictual Liability (LAWS10134)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is an advanced level course on the law of Delict which builds on the knowledge acquired in the Ordinary course to examine key issues in a more analytical format. Fundamental conceptual structures are studied in their historical and modern contexts. The primary focus of the course is upon Scots law, but extensive comparative reference is also made to Anglo-American and European legal systems.
Course description The course devotes several seminars to problem areas within the framework of the law of negligence, but it also looks at the intentional delicts of greatest contemporary relevance, as well as at selected forms of statutory liability. It will include consideration of the scope and function of the Law of Delict; possible alternatives thereto; analysis of such basic concepts as fault, duty of care, causation, remoteness; consideration of selected topics of current interest such as liability for financial loss, products liability, defamation, invasion of privacy, assessment of damages for personal injuries.

The course will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the Scots law of delict in a comparative context. The course does not presuppose that students will be proceeding to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. However, it will be especially useful to those who do take that step, providing in-depth awareness of an area of great practical importance.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Delict Ordinary (LAWS08098) OR Delict (LAWS08135)
Prohibited Combinations 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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Scots law of delict in comparative context.
  2. Use legal materials, employ practical reasoning skills, and evaluate, criticise and show appreciation of the law in its social, economic and historical contexts.
  3. Employ research skills, gaining knowledge and understanding which may be applied and adapted in future.
  4. Develop transferable skills in communication (oral and in writing) and intellectual skills (collecting, organising, evaluating, synthesising and presenting material and arguments, and including the ability to question assumptions, to frame and test hypotheses, to detect fallacies and to think autonomously).
  5. Demonstrate general skills in managing time, working independently, and taking responsibility for their own work.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will develop your abilities and skills in respect of:
- Using legal materials
- Practical reasoning
- Appreciation of the law in its social, economic and historical contexts
- Evaluation and criticism of the law
- Research, gaining knowledge and understanding which may be applied and adapted in future.
KeywordsDelict hons,Delict,Delictual Liability,Negligence,Statutory Liability
Course organiserDr John MacLeod
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