Introduction to Law and Business Law 1

Module Code LAWU9L1
Semester Autumn
Prerequisite None
Level 8
Credit Value 20
Module Co-ordinator Mrs Lorraine Wilson
Assessment 25% Class Test, 75% Examination

Module Introduction, aims and objectives

This Module will give students an introduction to the legal systems of Scotland, the UK and Europe, as well as to how law is made. Students will develop an understanding of the Scots law of contract and delict as it applies to business and general transactions.  This will be assessed by a Multiple Choice Test and end of semester examination.

Module Objectives

The content of the Module is divided in to three parts. The first part covers the history of Scots Law, including the development of the courts structure in Scotland , the UK and Europe. There will an examination of the use of precedent ( case law ) in Scots Law including discussion of Primary and Secondary sources of law. There then will follow examination of the the law of contract in Scotland , including formation, breach and termination. The law of Delict encompasses the breach of duty of care, negligence, and remedies. The subjects are taught in one hour lectures and tutorials and introduce students to problem solving using the law. 

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module students should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of:

  • the main aspects of the structure of the UK's legal systems, and the significance of European Union law;
  • the legislative processes of the Scottish, Westminster and European Parliaments and the importance of case law; 
  • the Scots law of contract and delict as it applies to business transactions. Further, students will have an understanding of the application of the law to situations and how cases are decided. They will have begun to develop their analytical skills by applying the law to problem scenarios.

Preparatory Work

A full reading list will be available in the module outline, but D Auchie, Introduction to Law and Legal Obligations excellent background reading.

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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