Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
LAW-10039 Legal Essentials
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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-30082/lists
To introduce students to classic theories of justice and morality and to contemporary critical theories of law and morality. The module will encourage students to think critically about the law, to appreciate the relation between law and morality and to better understand the function of the law within various contexts.
Intended Learning Outcomes
analyze a range of different ways of looking at the nature of law: 1critique how notions of justice and morality have changed over the last 150 years.: 1independently research ideas relating to jurisprudence using both legal and non-legal materials.: 1put forward structured arguments that critically assess the concepts that they have come across in their reading.: 1critically evaluate arguments about the relationship that various notions of jurisprudence have both to other legal subjects and other disciplines to be found in the university.: 1
Seminar attendance: 22 hoursSeminar preparation: 36 hoursAdditional reading: 32 hoursAssignment preparation: 60 hoursTotal = 150 hoursTotal: 150 hours
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
Research essay with a word limit of 3,000 words (excluding footnotes)A research assignment in which students are required to answer one question from a set of 4 questions, research material relevant to that topic, including material that has not been directly discussed in seminars, and provide an appropriately structured 3,000 word assignment.