You and your Legal Rights | Abertay University

You and your Legal Rights


This module is designed to provide students with a background to their legal rights as citizens and consumers


The aim of this Module is to provide students, as citizens and consumers, with core legal knowledge in defined areas to enable them to understand and enforce their legal rights in a variety of everyday situations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate broad knowledge of the context in which particular laws operate

2.  Explain the fundamental principles applicable to the areas of study and the remedies available to consumers and citizens

3.  Apply the main principles of law in context to the areas of study and apply the appropriate remedies

4.  Demonstrate basic skills of legal research and legal reasoning

Indicative Content

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Legal System The nature of law; sources of law in the UK and EU and how to find the law

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You and human rights. Human Rights and duties, human rights as fundamental values, Human Rights Act 1998 and the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights, social rights under the EU Charter for Fundamental Rights. The current debate regarding change

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You and privacy rights Privacy in the digital age, Data protection law, and freedom of information law

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You as a consumer of goods and services Formation of contracts, resulting rights and remedies for consumers. e−commerce rights Digital society rights

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You and your employment rights what is employment, Contracts, terms and conditions, minimum wage/minimum wage, notice, equalities issues

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You and your tenancy rights Lease and other occupation contracts, fees, rent and deposit protection, Scottish standard residential lease, repairing standards, termination, Houses in Multiple Occupation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is an elective module and is delivered by lectures to the large group and tutorials. In the large lecture groups, quizzes and working in pairs and small groups will provide interaction. lecture capture, quizzes will be extensively used in the learning materials on Blackboard to allow students to monitor their own progress. For tutorials students are required to prepare in advance from reading lists provided by the tutor and to participate in the problem solving exercises used to contextualise and develop the concepts which are introduced in lectures. Week 25 structured feedback week will be online formative quiz, with questions pooled as to topics

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 12
Assessment 40
Independent 126

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.