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Module Title
Legal Systems (Online LLB)

Sources of Law, Court Structure, Legal Personnel, Legal Institutions

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedJuly 2012
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.1

Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 7 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with an understanding of the foundation elements of the Scottish legal system and the its operation.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Discuss the various sources of law in Scotland.
2. Explain the jurisdiction and functions of the civil and criminal court system and the roles of the persons working in the legal profession.
3. Evaluate the predominant law making bodies affecting Scotland.

Indicative Module Content

Sources of law, civil and criminal court structure, legal personnel, the legal aspects of the EU, UK and Scotland.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Distance Learning
Online activities

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning. In the distance learning mode, in addition, online activities will form part of the module contact time.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2
Component 2 1,2,3
Component 3 1,2,3

Component 1 - Written coursework worth 30% of the overall module grade.

Component 3 - Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate (refer further - Module Performance Descriptor) to a reasonable level in online forum and tutorial activities.

Component 2 - Examination worth 70% of the overall module grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.SHIELS, R., 2015. Scottish legal system. 4th ed. Edinburgh: W. Green
2.WALKER, D.M., 2001. The Scottish legal system. 8th ed. Edinburgh: W. Green.
3.WHITE, R.M., WILLOCK, I.D. and MACQUEEN H.L., 2013. The Scottish legal system. 5th ed. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781