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Module Title
Roman Law
Reference BS4116 Version 4
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved December 2012 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To enable students to obtain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Roman Law as a part of the foundations of the Scottish legal tradition, with particular emphasis on the Roman influence on the law of property and obligations within the traditional civil law system.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Explain and analyse the fundamental institutions of Roman private law.
2 Critically evaluate Scotland's place in the European legal tradition.
3 Apply such traditional legal principles to contemporary aspects of Scots law.
4 Explain and apply the main principles of the Roman Law of persons, property, obligations and actions.

Indicative Module Content
Historical introduction, sources of Roman Law, law of persons, law of things: property; law of things, contract; law of things, delict; law of things, other obligations, reception of Roman law

Module Delivery
This is a lecture and seminar based module. Lectures provide core module content. Seminars develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 33 33
Non-Contact Hours 117 117
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 3, 4
Description: Written coursework exercise
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Written examination

Explanatory Text
The Module is assessed by two components: C1 - Coursework - 30% weighting. C2 - Examination - 70% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A At least 70% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
B At least 60% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
C At least 50% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
D At least 40% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
E At least 35% on weighted aggregate
F Less than 35% on weighted aggregate
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to SCQF 10 requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 ANDERSON, C., 2009. Roman law. Dundee: Dundee University Press. (Law essentials series)
2 BIRKS, P. and MCLEOD, G., 1998. Justinian's Institutes. London: Duckworth.
3 DUPLESSIS, P., 2015. Borkowski's textbook on Roman law. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
4 METZGER, E., ed., 1998. A companion to Justinian's Institutes. London: Duckworth.
5 NICHOLAS, B., 1975. An introduction to Roman law. Oxford: Clarendon Press.


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