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Undergraduate Course: Foundations of Modern Sovereignty (LAWS10188)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course provides an introduction to the problem of sovereignty from the late Middle Ages to modern times.
Course description The course aims at offering an introduction to the manifold subject of political authority in its historical development, to unveil the roots of our modern concept of sovereignty, and to better appreciate the historical process leading to what might appear a counterintuitive notion -- the limits of sovereign power.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the development of legal principles and legal literature in the period covered, and to utilise that knowledge in writing and class discussion.
  2. Exercise choice over reading in the sources and secondary literature of historical material relating to law.
  3. Have developed general transferable intellectual skills including presentation skills and the ability to exercise critical intelligence in context to analyse specific problems.
  4. Consolidate and develop writing and presentation skills, and those of study, understanding and expression.
  5. Exercise autonomy in study, taking ownership of their own learning, while appreciating the significance of different perspectives of others all in an ethical fashion, while developing an awareness of relativity of certain values.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFoundations of Modern Sovereignty,Legal History,Papacy,Empire
Course organiserDr Guido Rossi
Tel: (0131 6)50 2052
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