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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/06/2022 17:21:49

Title of Module: Exploring Legal Issues

Code: LAWW10016 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Susannah  Paul

Summary of Module

This module allows students the opportunity to explore, in depth, two contemporary issues in the law. The module consists of one presentation by each member of the law staff during Trimester One. It is anticipated that the presentations will change each year based on staff members’ research, teaching expertise, and contemporary debates in law but will include areas such as medical law, internet law, corporate law, public law, family law and human rights. Students then choose which topics they wish to explore in more depth and produce two pieces of written work on the topic of their choice. Each piece of written work will be 7500 words in length.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate, by means of the production of two pieces of written work, the ability to conduct sustained, independent, high-quality critical evaluation of two contemporary legal topics

L2. Demostrate the ability to engage with, evaluate, and apply, academic and legal discource

L3. Demonstrate the ability to undertake sustained legal research utilising industry standard research methods

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

the techniques of independent legal research;
understanding the principles and mechanism of legal policy and reform;
placing specialist legal topics within their general legal context;
Understanding selected specialist topics in depth.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Interpreting and explaining complex legal concepts;
Retrieving, interpreting and manipulating primary and secondary information from a variety of sources, including electronic sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Giving reasoned opinions, identifying flaws in arguments and discriminating between the legally relevant and irrelevant;
Bringing together information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing;
Interpreting complex primary materials;
Making effective use of information retrieval systems and using information technology applications to present documents in an appropriate form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in legal research activities;
Systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs both in current and in new areas, making use of primary legal source materials as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Module is only available to students enrolled on BA (Hons) Law
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module has been designed as an alternative to the traditional dissertation module. Taking this module in place of the traditional dissertation module satisfies Regulation 3.3.1 in relation to the award of an Honours degree as those students who successfully complete this module will have evidenced capacity to complete sustained, independent, and high quality work.

Students, however, can take this module alongside the dissertation module.

Students undertaking this module will attend a series of presentations given by staff at the start of Trimester One. The purpose of these presentations is to introduce students to various contemporary debates and topics in law. Students are then exepcted to complete two written pieces of work based on the staff presentations. Each piece of written work will be in the form of a critical evaluation of the legal issue covered in the presentation. Each essay will be 7500 words in length.

There will be very little contact time between staff and students who undertake this module. The reason for this is that at Level 10 students are expected to be able to work independently with little formal supervision. Students are, of course, able to seek guidance from staff members throughout the academic year but no classes other than the staff presentations are timetabled.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Independent Study390
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

No core texts for this module however student may find the following general texts) useful

M Salter and J Mason, Writing Law Dissertations: an Introduction and Guide to the Conduct of Legal Research (2007, Longman, London)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorDale McFadzean
External ExaminerChristina Patman
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Essay (50%)
Essay (50%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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