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Course Overview

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of certain key points in Scottish legal history. 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 research projects based at Aberdeen.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Prof Adelyn Wilson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • 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: This course aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of certain key points in Scottish legal history. 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, and offers students the opportunity to engage directly with 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

First Attempt

2x Essays (50% each)

Resit: resubmission of coursework

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit failed element in same format

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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