Law, legal systems and legal methods: an introduction ADED11381E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This Law course will help you to understand the basic law, whether as a member of the public or as an introduction to the study and becoming a future lawyer. It will outline criminal and civil law, legal systems and methods in today's diverse society with an emphasis on the law as it applies to Scotland.


2 hours pw for 10 weeks

Block 1

Thursdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Oral assessment and presentation (50%): A ten-minute oral and poster presentation will be made by the student in front of the class allowing the student to encapsulate a concept and explain an idea. The topic will be chosen from a suggested number of titles. Guidelines will be provided for the poster and oral presentation. This checklist of points will include considerations such as originality, overview of topic information, reasoning, concept, delivery, message, effectiveness to audience.

Set Exercise (50%): A short online multiple choice test will be undertaken using Moodle, this will be worth 50% and will test knowledge and practical understanding of the core aspects of the course. The multiple choice will be undertaken by the student within a 60 minute timeframe. It will consist of 10 questions - 1 per weekly topic. 

Course Aims

This course aims to support students to:

■ Undertake an introduction to law and the study of law pre higher education

■ Be equipped with a broad understanding of law and its systems, structures and processes, with particular reference to Scots law.

Be familiar with the law, its significance in the public sphere, and its role in individual/everyday life

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Outline the legal structures, courts and processes applying in Scotland

■ Define the meaning of common and case law and understand the classification of criminal and civil law

■ Provide an overview of the range of legislation, interpretation methods and legal resources

■ Recognise the concept of European law, human rights and equality issues in so far as relevant to Scotland

■ Discuss the meaning of 'lawyering'; that is developing an approach and response to legal problems 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.