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The course examines abortion law in Scotland, the wider UK, Europe, countries beyond Europe, and international law. It is non-partisan and welcomes students of all viewpoints. Topics will be chosen annually to reflect current legal debates but might include: concepts of ‘rights’ with respect to abortion; roles of fathers; factors which affect access to legal abortion; regulation of the medical profession; or case-studies on legal systems where abortion law has become topical.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.
This course does not explore the morality or desirability of legal abortion, and is entirely non-partisan in this regard. The course examines abortion law, a specialism that draws especially public law, international public law, criminal law, medical law, jurisprudence, human rights, ethics, and religion and law. The course will examine abortion law in Scotland, the wider UK and other constituent nations, Europe, countries beyond Europe, and in international law (e.g. ECHR, the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women). Topics will be chosen annually to reflect current legal debates but might include: concepts of ‘rights’ with respect to abortion; roles of fathers; factors which affect access to legal abortion; regulation of the medical profession; or case-studies on legal systems where abortion law has become contentious or subject to change.
Course teaching and assessment
The course will have an introductory one-hour seminar, and six two-hour seminars. Assessment is by two essays (both 50%), with the feedback on the first essay returned in good time before the second. The course has no classes in the week of or the week before students’ essays are due to allow good time to prepare.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2x 2750 word essay (50% each)
Alternative Resit Arrangements
Resit failed element in same format
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Reflection||Create||Learn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with highly emotive questions.|
|Procedural||Create||Develop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation.|
|Conceptual||Evaluate||Know and evaluate abortion law in the Scottish, wider UK, European and global contexts, and the interconnectedness of the traditional sub-disciplines of law with respect to abortion law.|