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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/03/2022 11:09:21

Title of Module: Contemporary Legal Issues 2

Code: LAWW08024 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Clive  Mitchell

Summary of Module

This module allows students the opportunity to explore, in depth, one contemporary issue in the law. The module is intended to help students develop legal research, legal writing, and critical thinking skills. The module can be delivered in any term and can be adapted to meet credit deficit to enable students to progress with their studies where otherwise they would have been prevented from doing so. The student will work with a member of staff to design an assessment to meet their particular needs and interests and will work independently, with some limited supervision, to deliver their chosen project. 

At SCQF Level 8 the student will be expected to deliver a piece of written work of 2500 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 written work, knowledge and understanding of an issue current in the law to be agreed with staff

L2. Demonstrate an ability to engage with academic and legal discourse on the chosen subject

L3. Demonstrate an ability to construct a convincing, written, argument paying attention to primary and secondary legal sources

L4. Make effective use of library and electronic resources to acquire specialist legal information with minimal supervision

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 8.

Understanding concepts in a chosen area of law
Demonstrating an awareness of any controversies in a chosen area of law
Understanding the development of a chosen area of law

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Using professional level legal skills, techniques, practices and materials to give reasoned opinions.
Bringing together information from a variety of sources, including textbooks, case law and legislation
Practicing these in relation to professional level issues.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Critically analysing and evaluating complex legal concepts and information;
Evaluating evidence based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine legal problems
Using a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based solutions in contexts where the scope of the task and the criteria for decisions are well-defined.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of routine legal skills and techniques in complex situations

developing the ability to construct a convincing legal argument using primary and secondary legal sources

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in some activities with appropriate guidance
Systematically identifying, reflecting upon and addressing personal learning needs in current areas

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is largely an independent legal study project which will enable students to develop in depth knowledge and understanding of a contemporary issue in law at the time the module is being undertaken. The student will work independently on a project agreed by a supervising member of staff. The student will be expected to arrange supervision with the member of staff at regular intervals during the completion of the project.
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)
Independent Study200
200 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:

M Salter and J Mason Writing Law Dissertations (2007 Longman)

L Webley Legal Writing (4th edition, 2016, Routledge)

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
regular contact with their supervising member of staff, submission of assessments

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting Finance and Law
ModeratorDr Samuel White
External Examiner
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Essay worth 100%
(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) Learning Outcome (4) 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)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.