Module title: Law & Society

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09106
Module leader: Duncan Spiers
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Spiers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures are used to provide a basic framework to the topic and key references. Tutorials make use of a pack of tutorial materials containing a mix of theoretic and problem type questions, open-ended questions for discussion, and questions focusing on key issues in the topic. This approach enables students to think what legal concepts mean, what values are involved and how these concepts and values apply to changing legal and social circumstances. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of analytical skills and the recognition of appropriate methods. The assignment allows demonstration of acquired skills and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate broad understanding of the subject. The analytical skills will enhance a student's personal and professional development and provide insight into their role, responsibilities and obligations as a citizen and member of society.

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1 - 6 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1 - 5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module draws on a range of philosophical, sociological, political, ethical and juristic writings as a context in which to explore themes arising or selectively developed from among other a critical reassessment of key aspects of H. L. A Hart's theory of law as a foundation for the most recent debates. The teaching introduces students to a range of theories in the same categories of subject matter, to the strengths and weaknesses of these theories and to their application to a range of practical and topical issues. Theories covered include natural law theories, positive law theories, legal realisms, historical, ideological, anthropological and sociological approaches, critical legal theory. A survey of moral theories is made and a range of deontological, utilitarian and relativistic theories are evaluated. Practical topics include justice, the justification of punishment, the interpretation of rights, the extremities of life, feminism, law as a system of power, coercion and a vehicle of oppression, freedom, liberty and licence, the business of and optimum extent of government.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse a range of juristic, philosophical, political, moral and sociological theories and writings;
LO2: Evaluate the purposes, strengths and weaknesses of the above theories and in particular evaluate key aspects of HLA Hart's theory of law in the light of the above theories and a range of relevant juristic writings;
LO3: Develop the skills of critically reflecting upon the nature, purposes and functions of law including comparing and critically evaluating the above mentioned categories of theory that place law in its social and cultural context;
LO4: Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of the nature of law in its social and cultural context;
LO5: Practise comparing and critically evaluating the above mentioned categories of theory and apply powers of analysis, argument, explanation and critical evaluation specifically to certain given practical and topical issues, and generally to the relationship which exists or ought to exist between law and society.
LO6: Develop the confidence and self-esteem to work effectively and research independently in planning and undertaking a complex task within an allotted time, carrying out research using library and internet resources, leading to a written assignment.

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