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LS4045: RURAL LAW (HONOURS) (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This honours course studies aspects of Scots law that are of particular interest to rural and peri-urban Scotland, including private law concerns such as agricultural holdings and crofting law, public law concerns like planning and national parks, and cross-cutting issues like public access to private land and land reform.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Malcolm Combe

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either LS1021 Legal System (Passed) or LS1025 Legal System (Passed)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: To provide students with a framework for a comprehension of the body of law pertinent in rural areas of Scotland and in particular to examine and critically evaluate key areas of rural law including land use planning, nature conservation, access to the countryside, community right to buy, agricultural holdings and crofting law. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding By the end of the course students will have been introduced to, understood and critically evaluated the law relating to land use planning, nature conservation, access to the countryside, community rights to buy, agricultural holdings and crofting law. Subject-Specific Skills and Concepts The students will understand the wider socio/economic and political context for the development of rural law in Scotland as well comprehending and critically analysing key areas of rural law. Key Skills (Transferable)
  • Communicate orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively in small groups to contribute to the group?s task;
  • Ability to work independently, to organise and manage time, stress and effort in performance of tasks;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Critical analysis;
  • Logical argument;
  • An ability to synthesise and organise complex materials and arguments;
  • With limited guidance act independently, and where appropriate as part of team, in planning and undertaking tasks;
  • Conduct formal and informal oral presentations;
  • Make appropriate use of technology in research, writing and oral presentations; and
  • Reflect on own learning and to seek and make use of feedback. Content:
  • Rural Land use and Planning
  • Nature Conservation
  • Access rights
  • Land reform: Community Rights to Buy
  • Agricultural Holdings
  • Crofting

  • Contact Teaching Time

    Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

    Teaching Breakdown

    More Information about Week Numbers

    Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

    Summative Assessments

    1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment by essay of 2,500 words (25%). Resit: Normally, no resit is available.

    Formative Assessment

    Optional practice exam. 


    Formal feedback will be given on the formative essay. Participation in seminars will attract informal feedback. Papers presented will be discussed allowing for an element of peer feedback.

    Course Learning Outcomes


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