Module title: International Law in Contemporary Society

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

Module code: LAW10112
Module leader: Clare Frances Moran
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module.

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Clare Frances Moran
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching methods used will be:
1. Seminars in two parts: the first, to explain the key concepts, legal issues and up-to-date developments within the substantive and constitutional framework of the international legal system; the second, to discuss possible solutions to practical problems based on students’ research and preparation; and
2. Designated study times for group work on the compilation and presentation of course notes.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Group work, where students work together on specific problems; communication, where oral and written communication skills are assessed in coursework and examinations and through presentations and contributions in class. Students will also be required to use both online and library resources for research and reading for coursework.

Assessment (formative or summative)
1. One piece of written coursework of approximately 2500 words due in week 9
2. One unseen examination of 2 hours during examination period

Research / teaching linkages
Students will develop their research skills through preparation for class, presentations, and coursework. Detailed feedback will be given in class and post-assessment. The module leader will also make use of her own research in the field in learning and teaching activities.

Supporting equality and diversity
The module should support and develop students’ understanding of how different countries and cultures interact with one another, as well as how specific problems are dealt with at the international level, exploring themes of equality, human rights, war crimes and statehood in an unequal world. For students, provision is made to support their individual learning needs through flexible learning, provision of materials via Moodle and a range of reading materials to ensure that the course is accessible without being simplistic.
The course will support students to develop an international perspective, beyond their own domestic jurisdiction.

Formative Assessment:
1. Weekly oral presentations in class
2. Practice exam questions during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment (summative):
1. One piece of written coursework of approximately 2500 words due in week 9
2. One unseen examination of 2 hours during examination period

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,3,4,5,6 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

- The history and evolution of international law
- Fundamental principles of public international law
- Sources of international law
- Statehood and sovereignty
- The International Court of Justice
- Specific issues: The International Criminal Court
- Specific issues: International Humanitarian Law


Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand and analyse the history and development of international law, with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of the discipline.
LO2: Critically analyse problems based on the module content in relation to armed conflict and international criminal law.
LO3: Analyse a line of judicial reasoning to provide solutions to a range of practical problems involving international law and states, individuals and other entities.
LO4: Identify and retrieve up-to-date information from a variety of sources including effective use of IT and other information retrieval systems.
LO5: Undertake independent research with minimal supervision, starting from standard legal information sources.
LO6: Demonstrate competence in the construction and support of a legal argument both orally and in writing.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
International Law in Contemporary Society