SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3M108616
Module Leader Nicholas McKerrell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

LPAL126 Public Law or LAWL102 Public Law or LPAL129 Law and Society

Summary of Content

This module introduces the student to two areas of substantive law relating to the regulation of aspects of the public sector: namely Public Housing and the Welfare State. It emphasises the implementation and interpretation of the law and the social context in which it operates in both areas.


The Administration of Public Housing in Scotland - The Role of the Scottish Parliament - The Scottish Executive - Local Authorities The New Relationship with the Private Sector - Background - New Housing Partnerships/White Paper 1999 - Housing Stock Transfers Allocation Policy - Housing Bill 2000/Act 2001 Tenancy Agreements - Comparison with private sector - Assured tenancies - Scottish Secure Tenancies - Housing Bill 2000/Act 2001 - Tenants' Rights - Security of Tenure - Rights of Repair Right to Buy - Background - Procedures - Exceptions - New Developments. Homelessness and the Law Welfare Law The Administration of the Welfare State - Role of Government - Internal Administration: Review - New Appeal Procedures: Social Security Act 1998. JobSeekers Allowance - Nature of Benefit - Procedures - Issues Involved Income Support - Nature of Benefit Means Testing - Capital/Income rules - Family structure - Remunerative Employment Particular Groups - Asylum Seekers - Young people (16-18) New Deal Tax Credits - Working Family Tax Credits - Background - Procedures - Issues Involved - Child Care Tax Credits The Social Fund - Non- Discretionary Grants - Discretionary Fund - Community Care Grants - Loans Disabled Peoples' Benefits - Non-Means Tested - Means Tested - Nature of Test - Background - Procedures - Issues Housing Benefit - Background - Procedures - Issues Involved - Link with Public Housing.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to:- Demonstrate a comprehension of the legal principles underpinning Housing and Welfare Law.- Understand and analyse the way in which the law can be changed- Be able to access relevant legal sources.- Critically evaluate the operation of the law in the relevant social context.- Analyse a given set of facts (case study) so as to identify relevant legal issues and appropriate materials. They should also then be able to explain this law and apply it to the facts in question.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered via a combination of Lectures, Seminars, Directed and Independent Learning. There will be 3 lectures and 1 seminar per week over the twelve weeks of the semester.

Indicative Reading

C.M.G.Himsworth, Housing Law in Scotland, 4th Edition, 1994 Butterworths Child Poverty Action Group Welfare Rights Handbook 31st Edition, 2001-2 (updated annually)

Transferrable Skills

Communication The ability to present written and oral arguments in a clear and cogent manner both to those within the discipline and also to a non-specialist audience; to respond to questions and situations appropriately; and to use English and legal terminology accurately in complex argument is developed within this module through the following activities: writing essays both discursive and problem based; contributing in seminars; undertaking a presentation in front of peers. Problem Solving The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information and to offer a solution making effective use of the time and resources available is developed within this module through the following activities: solving well defined (typically hypothetical) problems largely in the form of case studies through essays, seminars and group work. Autonomy and Personal Skills The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon, assess and learn from their own actions is developed within this module through the following activities: meeting deadlines for assessments; completion of preparatory work for seminars which will require students to identify and access primary and secondary source materials; interaction with others in group work in discussions and presentations. Teamwork The ability to work productively and cooperatively in different kinds of groups; to establish working relations with others, defining, sharing and delegating responsibilities within the group is developed within this module through the following activities: participation in seminar discussion, presentation in front of a group. IT Skills The ability to make use of IT tools and develop that use by integrating it into their work is developed within this module through the following activities: word processed essays; seminar tasks requiring retrieval of information using electronic sources. Intellectual Skills The ability to think critically and to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information is developed within this module through the following activities: preparation of researched essays; preparation for and participation at seminars.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed learning 36.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 10.00 n/a Presentation
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 60.00 35% unseen exam
Coursework 0.00 30.00 n/a essay - 2000 words