Legal skills and debates in Scotland
Legal skills and debates in Scotland

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Legal skills and debates in Scotland

6 Summary

During this week you considered what is ‘law’ and perceptions of law. You learnt that the idea of the state in the definition of law is an important one. The law is produced by institutions authorised by the state to make law. Sanctions exist if laws are broken; they are imposed by the institutions given the state authority to do so. You also examined the relationship between law and morality and explored the meaning of justice.

We hope that as part of your studies here you have become more familiar with the ‘law’, its role and relevance to you. Also that you are becoming more familiar with the role played by law in society, in contributing towards its development and appreciate how law is changing to meet the needs of modern society.

Following your study of this week you should have an understanding of:

  • what the ‘law’ means to you
  • the relationship between law, morals and justice
  • the evolving nature of law and its role in society.

Later weeks build on your knowledge by considering a number of aspects of law-making, the interpretation of legislation, judicial precedent, before looking at legal skills and considering a number of areas of debate.


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has nearly 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus