LAW-30082 - Jurisprudence
Coordinator: Yosef Nehushtan Tel: +44 1782 7 33862
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Jurisprudence is concerned with the question of what law is and how it differs, if it does, from other forms of regulation. Jurisprudence does not focus on specific legal rules but, rather, on law itself. Jurisprudence takes as its subject-matter all law and not just the law that is specific to one legal system. The notion of what jurisprudence has altered radically over the last few decades with scholars taking very different positions to each other. Material that is looked at in this course includes theories of justice, feminist legal theory, queer legal theory and anarchist legal theory. The course is taught in seminars. The module is assessed by an assignment.

To introduce students to contemporary debates about the nature of Jurisprudence. The module will look at both two canonical notions of jurisprudence, natural law and positivism, and challenges to those notions that have come from disciplines like anthropology and new theories about the nature of law such as legal pluralism. The module will be concerned both with the substantive concepts that are involved in both canonical and non-canonical jurisprudence and also questions relating to what method should be used in put forwarding and analyzing those concepts.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand and analyze a range of different ways of looking at the nature of law will be achieved by assessments: 1
understand and analyze arguments about the relationship that various notions of jurisprudence have both to other legal subjects and other disciplines to be found in the university. will be achieved by assessments: 1
understand and analyze how notions of jurisprudence in British universities have changed over the last 150 years. will be achieved by assessments: 1
be able to independently research ideas relating to jurisprudence using both legal and non-legal materials. will be achieved by assessments: 1
put forward structured arguments that critically assess the concepts that they have come across in their reading. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

Seminar attendance: 18 hours
Seminar preparation: 36 hours
Additional reading: 36 hours
Assignment preparation: 60 hours
Total = 150 hours
Total: 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
Research essay of 4000 words.
A research assignment in which students are required to select a question from a set list, research material relevant to that topic, including material that has not been directly discussed in seminars, and provide an appropriately structured 4000 word assignment.