Module details for Law


This module concentrates on the fundamental areas of civil law. The foundation for the study of any law subject is an understanding of the 'legal system' in general. After examining the nature and sources of law, the module then proceeds to consider contract, delict, and degree-specific legal contexts.


To examine the fundamental principles of law and the legal framework in Scotland and the UK.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal systems in the context of Scotland and be able to differentiate civil and criminal law and terminology.

2.  Apply, in response to defined problems, the fundamental principles of the Scots law of obligations.

3.  Apply the main principles in context.

4.  Demonstrate skills of comprehension and application of legal principle.

Indicative Content

1 Legal Systems

The nature of law; the distinction between civil and criminal law;sources of law; the structure of the courts; impact of EU law on Scots law.

2 Contract

Nature and formation; essential features and validity; terms of the contract; breach of contract; extinction of contractual obligations.

3 Delict

Nature of delict; culpa and negligence; strict and vicarious liability; Consumer Protection Act 1987; defences to an action in delict.

4 Employment law and Business Organisations (Business Students and Sports students only)

Nature of employment and contractual relationship; unfair and wrongful dismissal; health and safety in the workplace. Business Organisations and legal framework - Law of Agency, Partnerships and Company law.

5 Employment law and Food Law (Food students only)

Nature of employment and contractual relationship; unfair and wrongful dismissal; health and safety in the workplace. Nature of Food law in UK and EU; registration/approval of food business establishments; labelling.

6 Criminal Law ( Criminology students only)

Principles of Scots criminal law. Requirements for mens rea and actus reus and causation. An introduction to the main features of selected crimes against the person such as homicide and assault (including common law and statutory aggravations). Selected defences to crimes against the person. Exculpating and mitigating factors.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 22
Assessment 40
Independent 114
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.