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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, which is delivered online 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. The delicts of negligence and nuisance

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

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Formation of contracts, resulting rights and remedies for consumers. e−commerce

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Employment rights. Defining employment, Contracts of employment, terms and conditions, minimum wage/living wage, notice, equalities issues

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Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This is an elective module for students from non-law cohorts. The module is delivered online through recorded lectures and weekly self-test tutorial quizzes from a bank of randomised questions on Blackboard which students are encouraged to take at least twice in a given teaching week. An interactive discussion forum on Blackboard further encourages active student participation. The feedback exercise for this module in week 26 of the term involves a consolidated online formative test taken by the students in their own time (covering all topics studied in weeks 20- 25). The test is available from the beginning of feedback week and students are expected to complete the test before the end of the week. Students receive automatic feedback when the formative test has been completed. The formative test can be taken as often as students wish in week 26. The summative assessment for this module in week 13 is an online ‘trust and honour test on all topics studied.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 24
Assessment 40
Independent 124

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 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.