Degree Programme Specification 2020/2021
LL.B. Honours in Law and Sociology
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Programme structure and features
Joint Honours Degrees
It is possible to combine legal study with another discipline. Such degrees are attractive to those who wish to study law at university level but also wish to develop their knowledge of another discipline.
In first year 80 credits of compulsory law courses at SCQF level 8 are taken as follows:
1. Scottish Legal System (20 credits)
2. Critical Legal Thinking (10 credits)
3. Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (10 credits)
4. Family Law (10 credits)
5. Public Law of the UK and Scotland (20 credits)
6. European Union Law (10 credits)
In addition 40 credits of the joint subject are studied.
In year two the split between law and the other subject is 80:40 or 60:60. Law subjects vary depending on the programme. Please see the link to programme information: http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/
Over the course of years 3 and 4, 120 credits of each subject at SCQF level 10 are studied so that if 80 credits of law subjects are studied in year 3 only 40 credits of law subjects are taken in year 4. In general 40 of the law credits in year 4 comprise the law dissertation. There are two exceptions to this general rule. Law and Politics students write a dissertation on a politics subject, and Law and Economics students may choose to write the dissertation on either law or economics.
The Law School offers a range of Ordinary (Level 08) courses. Some courses are compulsory for the award of the LLB. Some courses are required for entry to the profession, either as a solicitor (required by the Law Society of Scotland) or as an advocate (required by the Faculty of Advocates).
Further information is supplied in the student handbook issued to all first year students:
Advice will also be provided by Personal Tutors.
Programme information (including individual courses):
Teaching and Learning Methods
Methods of teaching and learning in the Law School vary from subject to subject but, in general, formal lecturing provides the teaching framework in years 1 and 2 complemented by small group tutorial sessions. Tutorials usually comprise 12-14 students and thus give students an important opportunity to engage directly with their tutor. Lectures and tutorials are replaced at Honours level by two-hour seminars in which students are expected to discuss and explore topics in more depth. While Ordinary courses tend to focus on building student knowledge and applying that knowledge to problem-solving, Honours is more concerned with critical analysis, structured and coherent argument, and independence of thought.
In order to ensure continuation from one year of study to the next without the need for an extension to the total period of study, a full-time student must achieve a minimum of:
Students who do not make satisfactory progress may need to take a part-time catch up year.
The Undergraduate Certificate or Undergraduate Diploma of Higher Education may be attained by students who leave the University without completing a degree programme, where the student meets the requirements of one of these qualifications as set out below.
Students for the Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education must have attained a minimum of 120 credit points gained from passes in courses of this University which count towards graduation.
Students for the Undergraduate Diploma of Higher Education must have attained a minimum of 240 credit points. At least 120 credit points must be gained from passes in courses of this University counting towards graduation and at least 90 of the 120 credit points gained from courses passed at this University must be in courses at level 8 or above.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.