OpenLearn Scotland
OpenLearn Scotland

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OpenLearn Scotland

6.2 Introduction to the law in contemporary Scotland

This course will introduce you to law making in Scotland. It is taken from W150 An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland, a new 15-point course from The Open University's Centre for Law. The course begins by developing your general and legal study skills such as reading unfamiliar information, note taking and critical thinking. It then asks you to think about what law is and introduces you to the legal history of Scotland. The course then moves to look at the Scottish Parliament by giving an overview of its role in the law-making process.

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course you should be able to:

  • consider what is law and what are the sources of law;

  • understand the legal history of Scotland;

  • explain how Acts of the Scottish Parliament originate;

  • understand the role of Scottish Parliament in making law;

  • understand the difference between primary and delegated legislation;

  • read and discuss Acts of the Scottish Parliament;

  • understand the role of the UK Parliament;

  • understand the relationship between the Scottish and UK Parliaments.



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