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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of certain key points in Scottish legal history from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Seminar topics have been chosen to show students how to evaluate primary material as well as to engage with academic debate. Students will also in some seminars engage with the research projects based at Aberdeen.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Adelyn Wilson

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (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: This course aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of certain key points in Scottish legal history covering the period from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding By the end of the course, students should have acquired: (1) Knowledge of aspects of Scottish legal-historical development and the relevant sources; (2) An awareness of the nature of legal-historical debate and of legal historiography. Subject-Specific Skills and Concepts By the end of the course students, should have acquired: (1) First-hand experience dealing with legal-historical sources from various periods; (2) The ability to successfully carry out individual research on questions of legal-historical interest, including the ability to locate and evaluate relevant legal-historical source material. Key Skills (Transferable) By the end of this course, students should have inter alia the following generic skills: (1) A developed analytic ability; (2) The ability to communicate clearly complex ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing; (3) The ability to work effectively as a group and as an individual; (4) The ability to extract, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources. Content: This course examines various important issues in Scottish legal history covering the period from the 14th to the 18th centuries, according to the research expertise of the teaching staff.

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 exam (100%). Resit: None.

Formative Assessment

Essay (2,000 words for LL.B. students; 2,500 words for M.A. students).


Feedback on the essay will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

Course Learning Outcomes


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