This free course, Law and change: Scottish legal heroes, explores the legal system in Scotland and considers how individuals, institutions and organisations have made a difference by challenging the law or legal system. You learn about the law-making process in Scotland, explore how the legal system has been influenced by change and consider how law has been used to respond to developments in society. Scots laws and lawyers have influenced development of laws on a national, regional and global level and you explore examples of this influence. You'll consider how words such as reasonableness, duty, rights, justice, fairness are used in relation to law and legal systems and their relevance in contemporary Scotland before looking at how you can make a difference by becoming involved in the law making process yourself.
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Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the complexity of issues in law-making and application
- discuss how laws reflect the society within which they are made
- explain the role of individuals and institutions in effecting legal change.
First Published: 19/01/2018