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Course Overview

The course provides firstly a map of private law as drawn from the institutional scheme. It then progresses to an equivalent of the medical student’s study of anatomy in the sense that, concentrating on the law of property and obligations, it examines the main concepts of private law and how they operate together as a system to solve everyday legal problems.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Thomas Green

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

  • One of Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) or Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

An introduction to the substance, system and method of Private Law - working from the common core of institutions of the countries which follow the Civil Law tradition, with special attention to the Scottish variant of this tradition. Emphasis is on the Law of Property and Law of Obligations, but some consideration is also given to the other branches of Private Law. Some time is devoted the teaching of the historical foundations of the Civil Law tradition and its reception in Scotland and world-wide.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2x 1000 word essay (40% and 60%)


resit: online open book exam in 48 hours

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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