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Postgraduate Course: Sexual Offending and the Law (LAWS11264)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
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) Summative 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 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. Explain and critically analyse the policy, theoretical and doctrinal underpinnings of such developments, as well as the empirical research relating to sexual offences.
  3. Critically assess proposals for further reform of the law.
  4. 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.
Reading List
To be distributed in advance of seminars
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research skills; oral and written communication skills; problem-solving and critical analysis skills; teamwork skills.
KeywordsCriminalisation,criminal law
Course organiserMr Khomotso Moshikaro
Course secretaryMs Susanna Wickes
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