Contemporary Issues In Intellectual Property Law LAW5011
- Academic Session: 2021-22
- School: School of Law
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This course offers students the opportunity to investigate and engage with specialist research, exploring the different facets of IP policy and decision-making processes situated within relevant international debates. Contemporary issues include for example the potential impact of intellectual property rights on - and their interacting with - markets and cultural expression, debates over the creation of new types of intellectual property and the extension of protectable subject matter across existing fields (e.g. product design and non-traditional marks), and interfaces with emerging technologies.
10 x 2 hour seminars in semester 2.
The course is assessed by an essay of 1500 words (25%) and a 2 hour final examination (75%).
Main Assessment In: April/May
The principal aim of the course is to give students an insight into and a critical understanding of contemporary controversies in intellectual property law and to situate them within the international debates in this field.
Further aims are to:
■ develop the analytical and critical skills of students by examination of contemporary debates in IP law;
■ develop the communication skills of students;
■ instil in students an ability to constructively evaluate the positions taken in current debates, to suggest and consider possible reforms;
■ foster critical understanding and evaluation of areas of controversy within intellectual property;
■ encourage independent learning.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. critically evaluate current debates within intellectual property;
2. make an informed contribution to these debates;
3. situate legal intellectual property issues within the broader context of creative industries, markets, and society.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course summative assessment.