LAW-30082 - Jurisprudence
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





LAW-10039 Legal Essentials

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Description for 2022/23

In many universities the module is called `Philosophy of Law¿ or `Legal Philosophy¿ and sometimes `Moral Philosophy¿. The literal meaning of `Philosophy¿ is `love of wisdom¿. The literal meaning of `Jurisprudence¿ is `skill in law¿ or `knowledge of the law¿. This module captures the essence of these concepts: the module is about enhancing our knowledge and understanding of the law ¿ as law ¿ out of love of wisdom and knowledge as virtues that are worth pursuing.
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 module is divided into two related parts. In the first part we will learn about classic theories of justice and morality that try to answer two interrelated questions: how people should behave (i.e. according to which moral principles) ¿ and which moral principles should be reflected by the law. Possible answers will be found in ideas/theories such as utilitarianism, the harm principle, paternalism, justice as fairness, and more.
In the second part we will explore selected topic in either legal, moral or political philosophy. The subjects in this part may change in each year.
In the seminars we will demonstrate how abstract moral principles and ideas find their expression in every-day scenarios, policy-making and legal rule-making.

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.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyze a range of different ways of looking at the nature of law: 1
critique how notions of justice and morality have changed over the last 150 years.: 1
independently research ideas relating to jurisprudence using both legal and non-legal materials.: 1
put forward structured arguments that critically assess the concepts that they have come across in their reading.: 1
critically 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

Study hours

Seminar attendance: 22 hours
Seminar preparation: 36 hours
Additional reading: 32 hours
Assignment preparation: 60 hours
Total = 150 hours
Total: 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
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.