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LS401H: ABORTION LAW HONOURS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Oct 2022 13:40


Course Overview

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.

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Law (LS)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

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.


Course Description

Course content

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. 

Course aims

  1. To introduce students to a highly volatile and emotive area of law internationally, and allow them to come to an informed view on a range of relevant legal questions;
  2. To give students the opportunity to explore a single legal topic in the Scottish, wider UK, European and global contexts and understand the interconnectedness of these (e.g. the operation of international law in the national context, the rhetorical power of one nation’s legal reforms in the international context);
  3. To allow students to explore the interconnectedness of legal sub-disciplines (especially public law, international public law, criminal law, medical law, jurisprudence, human rights, ethics, religion and law) and the impact of that interconnectedness on a narrow area of law;
  4. Build students’ transferable and legal skills as well as their sense of responsible citizenship and other graduate attributes.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 11, 14 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 17 Feedback Weeks 20

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Feedback

On School form within three weeks of submission.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateKnow 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.
ProceduralCreateDevelop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation.
ReflectionCreateLearn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with highly emotive questions.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

On School form within three weeks of submission.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateKnow 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.
ProceduralCreateDevelop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation.
ReflectionCreateLearn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with highly emotive questions.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resit failed element in same format if due to extenuating circumstances

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateLearn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with highly emotive questions.
ConceptualEvaluateKnow 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.
ProceduralCreateDevelop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation.

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